Afghan opium cultivation expected to fall despite high prices

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to decline slightly this year despite the prevailing high prices of opium.

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that Government efforts to discourage production could yield further reductions.

Launching the agency’s Opium Winter Rapid Assessment Survey, Jean-Lue Lemahieu, UNODC’s Country Director, said it was important to reduce insecurity as part of the fight against opium production.

“What we are trying to achieve in this context it is not business as usual, is to make sure that counter-narcotics is not disappearing in the overall envelope of the different priorities this country is facing. Let’s start with security.”

The prices of dry and fresh opium rose by 306 per cent and 251 per cent respectively between February 2010 and February this year.

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