Newsbrief: UN Says Afghan Opium Crop Up Almost Twenty-Fold Over 2001, Trade Employs a Half-Million People 11/1/02

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In a report released October 24, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime made official what has been obvious for months: Afghan opium production is rapidly approaching its record-high levels of the 1990s. According to the annual Afghanistan Opium Survey for 2002, opium output this year will exceed 3,400 tons. In 2000, Afghanistan produced 4,600 tons of opium. Last year, after the Taliban banned poppy growing, the country produced only 185 tons, according to the UN estimates.

The UN office estimated that "about half a million people have been involved in the international trade of illicit Afghan opiates (opium, morphine, heroin) in recent years," and that "total income for Afghan opium farmers could reach several hundred million dollars this year." That would make opium Afghanistan's largest industry. The CIA acknowledges the poppy's role in the local economy, ranking Afghan exports in the following order: opium, fruits and nuts, hand-woven carpets, wool, cotton, hides and pelts, precious and semi-precious gems (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/af.html#Econ).

Although the interim government of Hamid Karzai banned poppy planting and the opium trade on January 17, it has proven unable to effectively enforce the ban. The UN urged more cops and more alternative economic assistance. "What is needed in the period ahead is much stronger international support in establishing and developing law enforcement institutions, and providing Afghan farmers with alternative, licit means of livelihood", said Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Visit http://www.odccp.org/odccp/press_release_2002-10-24_1.html for the UN press release and links to the study.

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