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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Poppies



Who said progress isn't being made?
Opium production in Afghanistan has dropped by just 2 percent this year, despite a major clampdown on poppy farmers that sharply reduced the amount of land used to grow opium poppies, the U.N. anti-drug chief said Monday. The land under cultivation was reduced by 21 percent, but heavy rains helped produce a bumper crop of 4,100 tons of opium, said Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. Afghanistan is still estimated to produce 87 percent of the world's supply of opium and its derivative, heroin, Costa said. He predicted it would take 20 years to eradicate cultivation of opium poppies, a mainstay of Afghan farmers despite government warnings and the destruction of some crops.
Afghanistan now only produces 87% of the worlds heroin... Progress baby! Progress!

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