Opium cultivation rose 59 percent in Afghanistan this year, U.N. says

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan is spiraling out of control, rising 59 percent this year to produce a record 6,100 tons _ nearly a third more than the world’s drug users consume, the U.N. said Saturday. Antonio Maria Costa, the U.N. anti-drug chief, said the results from his agency’s annual survey of Afghanistan’s poppy crop were “very alarming.” “This year’s harvest will be around 6,100 tons of opium _ a staggering 92 percent of total world supply. It exceeds global consumption by 30 percent,” Costa told reporters in Kabul after presenting the survey to President Hamid Karzai. Opium is the raw material of heroin. In a scathing statement, Costa said the Afghan government should take much stronger action to root out graft. He said governors and police chiefs of opium-growing provinces should be sacked and charged. He accused corrupt administrators of pocketing aid money.

thestar.com

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