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Two Papers On Poppy Cultivation in Rural Helmand From Varying Perspectives

The Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) presented two issued papers by Dr. Mansfield: Stirring Up the Hornet’s Nest and High and Dry. Both of these papers shed a light on the impact of poppy cultivation in rural Helmand but

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What opium poppy and tax reveal about the Afghan State

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), in a European Union (EU)-funded study, has released a paper highlighting the challenges of assessing control and influence that both state and non-state actors have over the territory and population of Afghanistan. As

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Refined wheat seeds distributed to farmers in Badakhshan

Distribution of refined wheat seeds has kicked off in northeastern Badakhshan province in a bid to tackle poppy cultivation in the province. The agriculture department in Badakhshan would distribute as many as 240 tons of refined seeds to 4,800 farmers

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Improved wheat seeds distributed to farmers in Helmand province

Afghan government has begun distribution of improved wheat seeds to farmers in southern Helmand province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the seeds had been processed in the Research Farm in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. The objective behind the seed

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Herat hosts conference on saffron cultivation

Afghanistan’s leading province in saffron cultivation, Herat, is currently hosting a 3-day conference on saffron cultivation. The conference is attended by 250 delegates, experts from neighboring countries and university professors. Touted as the best alternative to poppy, saffron industry is

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Farmers in Uruzgan receive improved wheat seeds and fertilizer to halt poppy cultivation

Afghan Agriculture Ministry has initiated the process of distributing improved wheat seeds and chemical fertilizer to farmers in Uruzgan province, in an attempt to encourage them to grow legal crops instead of poppies. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN),

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Afghan government enhances effort to curb poppy cultivation

In an attempt to curtail poppy cultivation in the country, Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MoCN) has planned to reward drug free provinces with development project. An agreement for that matter has been signed with several construction companies to execute

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3,200 kg of saffron corms distributed to Afghan farmers in Daikundi province

In a bid to boost saffron production in the country, Afghan Agriculture Ministry distributed 3,200 kg of Saffron corms to farmers in Nili district of Daikundi province. According to the Ministry’s officials, four saffron pilot programs have been undertaken in

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President Karzai yet to fulfill his promises made to Nawa residents of Helmand province

President Hamid Karzai during his visit to the Nawa district in southern Helmand province had promised to execute development projects in the town. Three years later the residents have gathered to remind the President of his promises. The president had

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Taliban launch poppy eradication program in Kunar

The Taliban have begun eradicating poppy crops in eastern Kunar province, according to the Pajhwok Afghan News. A rebel commander, who did not want to be named, insisted they had always prevented poppy cultivation in their areas and would not

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Taliban launch poppy eradication program in Kunar

The Taliban have begun eradicating poppy crops in eastern Kunar province, according to the Pajhwok Afghan News. A rebel commander, who did not want to be named, insisted they had always prevented poppy cultivation in their areas and would not

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Taliban launch poppy eradication program in Kunar

The Taliban have begun eradicating poppy crops in eastern Kunar province, according to the Pajhwok Afghan News. A rebel commander, who did not want to be named, insisted they had always prevented poppy cultivation in their areas and would not

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Taliban launch poppy eradication program in Kunar

The Taliban have begun eradicating poppy crops in eastern Kunar province, according to the Pajhwok Afghan News. A rebel commander, who did not want to be named, insisted they had always prevented poppy cultivation in their areas and would not

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Zabul promises to halt poppy cultivation

Zabul residents pledged that they would stop the cultivation of poppy, calling it un-Islamic and illegal. In return, they urged the government to provide them with work opportunities, particularly for the young people in Afghanistan. The residents cited unemployment as

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Laghman cultivates more vegetables today than before

Many Laghman farmers are switching to cultivating a variety of vegetables as an alternative to poppy cultivation. “We produce more vegetables today than before,” said Laghman’s director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Mohammad Ismail Daulatzai. Farmers are also experiencing with

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America to assist opium-free provinces in Afghanistan

America has pledged USD 1mn in aid to opium-free provinces of Afghanistan. A memorandum of understanding in this regard was signed on Tuesday between the American Embassy and the Afghan Ministry of Counter-Narcotics. According to latest figures, more than 17

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Taliban generated USD 400mn in revenue last year

According to a report by UN Sanctions experts, Taliban raised about USD 400mn in the year that ended in March 2012. The main sources of the revenue were donations, taxes on Afghanistan’s poppy cultivation and extortion from narcotics dealers and

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Drug cartels discourage saffron cultivation

Saffron is yet to emerge as a major alternative to poppy cultivation in Afghanistan due to the presence of international drug lords, who control the lucrative drug commerce, agriculture officials said on Tuesday. In 2007, Afghanistan produced 95 percent of

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