OPIUM CUL­TI­VA­TION IN AFGHANISTAN JUMPS 10%

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KABUL: Afghanistan saw a 10% jump in opium cul­ti­va­tion this year, a sharp rise ow­ing to bumper yields, col­laps­ing erad­i­ca­tion ef­forts amid grow­ing in­se­cu­rity and de­clin­ing in­ter­na­tional coun­ternar­cotics as­sis­tance, the UN said yes­ter­day. Cul­ti­va­tion dropped last year due to drought con­di­tions but it has been on the rise in the past decade, fu­elling the Tal­iban in­sur­gency and spurring a grow­ing crisis of drug ad­dic­tion de­spite costly USled counter-nar­cotics pro­grammes. – AFP

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