Poppy harvest season kicks off in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The process to harvest poppy crop has been kicked off in some districts of eastern Nangrahar province, while the government is yet to launch the eradication campaign.
Last year, poppy was cultivated on 1,017 hectares of land in Nangarhar and the government destroyed the crop on only 250 acres of land.
The size of land used this year to grow the banned plant is not known, but it is said more land is brought under poppy cultivation.
Ahmadullah, a resident of Kakrak village in Surkhrud district, who was extracting opium sap from poppy seed pods, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government was yet to take action against poppy crop in far-flung areas. “That’s why I also decided to grow the plant for the first time.”
Provincial Council Secretary Zabihullah Zamarai said farmers would collect raw opium if the government did not launch eradication drive.
He said the government had failed to successfully conduct the poppy eradication campaign. According to him, the government did not provide alternative to poppy crop or financial helped farmers in exchange for eradicating poppy fields.
Meanwhile, Governor’s spokesman Attuallh Khogyani said consultations with other local authorities were underway and soon a poppy eradication campaign would be launched in the province. He said a delegation that arrived from Kabul had shared its concerns with the provincial government.
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