Multiple harvests drive Afghan opium boom
LASHKAR GAH—With jingling poppy seeds hidden in his pouch, Helmand farmer Nematullah sidled out of Taliban territory to explain how he struck gold —- two additional opium harvests a year, which as irrigation techniques improve and eradication efforts collapse.
“We used to have one annual poppy harvest —we now have three,” said Nematullah, a young farmer from the insurgencywracked Sunday, amid a deepening political crisis.
The departure of the top presidential officials comes as Park is grappling with a recent influence-peddling scandal involving an old friend, Choi Soon-sil. Choi returned to South Korea from Germany on Sunday as the political crisis engulfed Park over allegations that she allowed Choi to use her friendship to exert improper influence and benefit personally. Jeong Yeonguk, a spokesman for the presidential office, announced on Sunday that three long-time Park aides had also stepped down.—Reuters