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Afghanistan to survey drug production independently

Afghanistan to survey drug production independently

Sep 27, 2011 - 18:13

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The counter-narcotics ministry said on Tuesday Afghanistaninfo-icon itself would survey drug production in the country.

Over the past four years, the ministry jointly conducted such survey with the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).

Deputy counter-narcotics minister, Mohammad Ibrahim Azhar, said this while inaugurating a survey office at the ministry in Kabul.

The UNODC had confirmed handing over the survey section to the ministry, Azhar said, adding the UN agency would help build the capacity of the new section added to the ministry.

Azhar added the ministry carried out a drug survey in 28 provinces of the country each year. More than 90 percent of Afghanistan's poppy crop was cultivated in southern and southeastern provinces, he explained.

He acknowledged the UNODC finding that 90 percent of the worldinfo-icon's total opium was produced in Afghanistan.

However, the deputy minister said the Afghan government was duty-bound to carry out such surveys independently to figure out the real production level.





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