Opium production soars- UN

Opium production soars- UN

Afghanistan’s opium production has risen by an estimated 43% this year, the UN has said.

The annual increase on 2015 levels was due in part to estimated growth of 10% in the area under cultivation, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said, from 183,000 to 201,000 hectares.

The UNODC said estimated opium production in 2016 was 4,800 tons, underscoring a “worrying reversal” in efforts to combat problems associated with illegal drugs.

Afghan cultivation has been rising in the past decade, despite dropping last year due to a drought, fuelling the Taliban insurgency and a drug addiction crisis, despite costly US-led countermeasures.

The statistics represent the third-highest level of cultivation in Afghanistan in two decades, following record highs in 2013 and 2014. Read more 

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