kabul [Afghanistan]Dec. 26 (ANI): Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry under the Taliban caretaker regime has reported that poppy cultivation has been banned nationwide since the establishment of the Islamic Emirate and no one is allowed to grow it on its land, Tolo News reported.
Ministry spokesman Nafi Thaker said stopping poppy cultivation was part of the Taliban’s anti-narcotics campaign.
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“The Ministry of the Interior has been fighting for a year in the field of poppy cultivation and trafficking, and this fight will continue to avoid this bad phenomenon,” Tolo News quoted him as saying.
Following the Taliban’s decree, some farmers said cotton production was a good alternative to poppy cultivation. The farmers have asked the Taliban for help in this regard.
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Farmer Raz Mohammad was quoted by Tolo News as saying: “Last year, farmers planted poppies, but this year they did not.”
“We started growing cotton when poppy cultivation was banned. Cotton prices fell from 1,000 Afs to 800 Afs in the last 10 days,” Mohammad said.
However, analysts say opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is still going on and should be stopped by the Taliban.
The United Nations earlier reported that 85 percent of the world’s opium is produced in Afghanistan.
A recent Khaama Press report said the drug trade in Afghanistan had flourished under the Taliban.
After the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August 2021, they promised to fight drugs and prohibit the production, processing and sale of illicit drugs. The Taliban issued decrees prohibiting the production and sale of illicit drugs. However, they failed to implement it. As a result, Afghanistan’s drug trade has flourished under the Taliban regime, Khaama Press reported.
After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the country’s economy collapsed and unemployment soared. Citizens began to struggle to live a normal life. Many people employed by the previous administration lost their jobs and struggled to meet their daily needs. In times of adversity, many migrated to neighboring countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Turkey.
“My husband was a drug addict and he convinced me to take drugs. He passed away some time ago and I joined a group of drug addicts because I had no place to live and none of my relatives accepted me,” said a female drug addict as Sky News said.
“Given the dire economic and humanitarian crisis in the country, the de facto regime is incapable of developing a comprehensive strategy to tackle the drug problem. According to available reports, hundreds of families depend on the cultivation and processing of drugs for income and processing,” Khaama Press reported. (Arnie)
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