Poppy eradication drive launched in Nimroz
ZARANJ (PAN): A campaign to eradicate opium poppies has been launched in the southwestern province of Nimroz, officials said on Monday.
The campaign was launched by police and the Afghan National Army in Khashrod district, in the presence of the Governor Abdul Karim Barahwi and representatives from the Ministry of Counter Narcotics.
In total, 700 hectares of land had been cultivated for poppies in the district, Barahwi, said.
There were some security problems such as land mines, but they would try to eradicate the entire crop, he said.
Akhtar Mohamad, a villager whose two acres of poppies was being wiped out, said he had not been give seeds or fertilizers or any other work opportunities to encourage him not to grow poppies, he said.
The Ministry of Counter Narcotics has allocated $5 million (225 million afghanis) to the province for reconstruction and agriculture projects, a representative from the ministry, Ahmad Husain Husaini, said.
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