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Afghan gov't launches poppy eradication campaign in Kandahar

English.news.cn   2013-03-19 18:43:25            

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The government of Afghanistan launched poppy eradication campaign in Taliban former stronghold Kandahar 450 km south of Kabul and have destroyed 2,800 acres of poppy fields, spokesman for provincial administration Jawed Faisal said Tuesday.

"In the anti-poppy drive which launched some two weeks ago across the province, so far 2,800 acres of poppy-cultivated farmlands have been destroyed by police," Faisal told Xinhua.

Covering several districts including Maiwand, Panjwai, Takhtapul, Khakriz, Shah Walikot and the restive Ghorak, the official said that the campaign will continue till the wiping out of the illegal crop from the province.

There were no conflicts during the campaign and no police personnel have been hurt, Faisal contended.

With producing 3,700 tons opium poppy in 2012, according to United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) Afghanistan has topped the poppy producing nations.

The Afghan illegal product in 2012, according to the UN anti- drug body had fallen down 36 percent against 5,800 tons in 2011.

Afghanistan's southern provinces including Kandahar and the western region where Taliban-linked militancy has damaged security, according to UNODC report produced 90 percent of the whole illegal crop in 2012.

The conflict-ridden Afghanistan, reportedly is supplying 90 percent of the raw material used in manufacturing heroin to the world.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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