Afghanistan: A complete ban on opium cultivation

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With the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban imposed a complete ban on poppy cultivation.

According to the American newspaper Wall Street General The Taliban have also announced a ban on poppy cultivation in rural Kandahar villages, which has led to a threefold rise in opium prices on the world market.

Opium is the most widely grown in Afghanistan’s three provinces, including Kandahar, Helmand and Uruzgan. The price of opium has risen from 70 70 per kg to 200 200 per kg since the Taliban’s announcement in the country. About 80% of the world’s opium is exported from Afghanistan.

The report reveals that an estimated سے 1.5 billion to 3 3 billion worth of opium is exported from Afghanistan annually.

Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that under the new laws in the country, we will not allow the drug trade.

Prior to that, poppy cultivation was banned during the Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the number of poppy-growing provinces in Afghanistan increased from 21 to 24 in 2016.

In Afghanistan’s Nimroz province, poppy was grown at 116 percent, in Helmand at 79 percent, in Balkh at 50 percent, in Uruzgan at 39 percent and in Kandahar at 37 percent. The Afghan Taliban have accused US and NATO forces of trying to intoxicate the Afghan people.


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