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    Nangarhar farmers vow not to grow poppies

    JALALABAD (PAN): Farmers and tribal elders from all 22 districts of eastern Nangarhar province have promised not to cultivate poppies, officials claimed on Monday.

    During three days of meetings with the governor, they also blamed the government for slow-paced reconstruction projects, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the governor's spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Governor Gul Agha Sherzai urged the elders and growers not to let residents of remote mountainous areas grow the crop. Sherzai said he would try to generate funds for development projects.

    Haji Din Mohammad, the Khogyani district development council chief, asked the governor to construct an irrigation dam in the Wazir Tangi area.

    Mohammad Osman, another tribal elder, said Spinghar was upgraded as a district in 2001 but its new status was yet to be formalised. The district with 57 villages and a population of 150,000 had seen no development projects, he complained. 

    Malik Mohammad Darwaish, from Lalpura district, said the people of Durkhel, Mamakhel and Godakhel villages were faced with a shortage of drinking water. He wanted the government to provide residents with clean water and roads.