Afghanistan sees decrease in opium production

KABUL: The World Drug Report released by the United Nations Drugs and Crime Office’s (UNODC) on Thursday shows a decrease in opium cultivation in the country in 2019 in which Afghan farmers planted opium poppy on 163,000 hectares of land.

This, according to the report, is 38 percent less than in 2018 when 263,000 hectares was planted. The UNODC report says that all the main opium poppy-growing provinces saw significant decreases in the amount of land growing poppy in 2019.

In Nangarhar, the report says, this decreased by 82 percent, Nimroz by 78 percent, Kandahar by 40 percent, Uruzgan by 38 percent, Farah by 35 percent and Helmand by 34 percent.

On average, this reduction of 38 percent can be attributed mainly to developments in the opium market, UNODC found. Following two years of very high levels of production, the average farm-gate price (price at point of cultivation without added transportation or other costs) per kilogram of fresh opium fell to $52 in 2019 from $76 USD in 2018, the report says.

The Kabul Times

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