Afghanistan Sees Increase in Poppy Cultivation |

Afghanistan Sees Increase in Poppy Cultivation

November 12, 2014 12:02 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The United Nations says opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan his risen by seven percent this year, hitting a record high despite costly U.S.-led efforts to cut production.

In a report released Wednesday, the U.N.'s Office on Drugs and Crime says the increased cultivation could produce 6,400 tons (7,054 U.S. tons) of opium, or 17 percent more than in 2013.

Afghan Minister for Counter-Narcotics Din Mohammad Mubariz Rashidi says the opium from Afghanistan is refined into heroin that accounts for 90 percent of world's supply.

The Taliban, which have been waging war against the Afghan government since 2001, are heavily involved in the poppy cultivation and opium distribution.

The U.N. report says that 89 percent of the Afghan poppy production is in the nine provinces with significant Taliban presence.

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