"Alarming" levels of opium production in Afghanistan

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Poppy fields in Afghanistan. UN Photo / Zalmai

Record levels of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan have been described as "alarming" by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

A survey released on Wednesday shows that the cultivation of poppy, the plant from which the illegal drug opium is made, could rise to 17 per cent this year.

According to UNODC, Afghanistan now produces some 90 per cent of the world’s illicit opiates.

The survey also shows a clear link between insecurity and opium cultivation.

Setyo Budi reports from Kabul.

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