Poppy eradiation drive comes to a halt in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Due to lack of funds, equipmentand insecurity in some areas, a poppy eradication campaign has been stopped in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday.
The illicit crop had been cultivated on 10,017 hectares of land in the province bordering Pakistan in 2015, but it is said the area under poppy cultivated significantly increased this year.
Counter-Narcotics Director Mohammad Idrees Sapi said due to some problems the poppy destruction drive had come to a halt.
“We haven’t been provided with equipment for poppy eradication; there is insecurity in some areas and security officials are not available to join the poppy eradication campaign,” he said.
Sapi added poppy had been cultivated in 15 districts of Nangarhar. Only 75 acres of the crop had been destroyed, he explained.
Naveed Shinwari, journalist and civil society activist, told Pajhwok Afghan News poppy had been cultivated in most 0f the districts, including Shinwari, and the illicit crop was ready to be harvested.
Provincial Council Secretary Zabihullah Zmarai said the poppy crop was in its last stages and it was difficult to destroy all of it.
Police spokesman Lt. Col. Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal said the outlawed crop had been destroyed in some areas while the eradication drive was underway in other parts.
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