43 Percent Increase In Drug Production In 2016

Drug-23-October

Andrey Avetisyan, regional representative of the United Nations on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said on Sunday at a joint press conference that based on a new survey of UNODC, in 2016, the total land area that has been cultivated with poppies has increased by 10 percent compared to last year.

He said that in 2016, drug production in Afghanistan will increase by 43 percent.

Avetisyan ‎said maintaining security, reduction of corruption and economic growth in the country is related to the eradication of poppy fields.

“Drugs have direct links with corruption, terrorism and development. Without tackling drug problem and elicit economy, in general, it will not be possible to solve other problems facing Afghanistan,” ‎ Avetisyan ‎s‎aid.

Avetisyan‎ also expressed his concerns over the reduction of funding for fighting narcotics and insisted that the international community should continue its aid for tackling drugs and regional countries should help Afghanistan in this regard.

Based on a survey carried out by UNODC, Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and counter-narcotics at the ministry of interior (MoI) said in 2016 poppy cultivation had increased.

Survey of poppy cultivation and drug production in 2016 against 2015 is as bellow:

 

2015

2016

Land cultivated poppy                

183.000 Acres              

201.000 Acres

Provinces out of poppy               

14 provinces                

13 provinces

Elimination of poppy fields        

3.760 Acres                  

355 Acres

Drug production                         

3.300 metric tons       

4.800 metric tons = 43 percent increased.

The survey shows that Helmand, Badghis, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Nangarhar, Farah, Badakhshan and Nimroz are the provinces that poppies were largely cultivated in.

Survey findings also indicate that in last, Jawzjan province was out of poppy. But in 2016, poppy were cultivated in the province.

However, Salamat Azimi, Minister of MCN said elimination of poppy fields in 2016, faced problems.

“In 2016, 93 percent of drug cultivated in the south, east and west of the country where security challenges was high,” Azimi said.

“Unfortunately this year also we could not include elimination of drug in our plan. Challenges, threats and insecurity caused us to lose opportunities and we could not take serious steps in this regard,” said Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy minister of interior affairs on counter-narcotics.

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