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Opium Cultivation Rising in Afghanistan

Cultivation of opium poppies has increased in large areas of Afghanistan, raising fears there could be another bumper crop this year, a government and U.N. survey said. Widespread eradication of poppies is needed in the coming months leading up to harvest time in the world’s top producer of opium and its derivative, heroin, officials warned Monday. Farmers are planting more opium poppies than last year in 13 provinces, while cultivation levels are stable in 16 provinces and have dropped in only three, the Ministry of Counternarcotics and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said in a statement. Full Story

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