Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Another Record Year for Afghanistan?

The UN's Office on Drugs and Crime has just released its winter estimates for Afghanistan's opium poppy crop and it looks as though the drug barons/warlords/insurgents/government are in for another bountiful year, perhaps even surpassing last year's record production.

It's not clear just yet whether opium cultivation is as extensive as last year and the UN says the good news is that the rate of increase in production is tapering off. However Afghan farmers are making up for that by huge increases in marijuana production.

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