Pajhwok Services

SMS News Service

Photo Service

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Anti-poppy drive underway in Kunar

Anti-poppy drive underway in Kunar

Apr 13, 2013 - 20:22

ADADABAD (PANinfo-icon): Poppy crops grown over 50 hectares land were destroyed during a newly launched anti-poppy campaign in eastern Kunar province, officials said.

The illicit plant has been sowed in Nurgal, Sawkai, Sarkani, Narang, Watapur and Shigal districts, according counternarcotics director, Idrees Safi.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News the campaign initiated by the counternarcotics ministry was aimed at eradicating the crops grown over 200 hectares land in Kunar.

The campaign involved 300 policemen and other security personnel, an senior police officer, Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkhel, said.

However, the provincial council head, Mian Hassan Adel, said the campaign could not succeed when it lacked people's cooperation. He said the government should have provided growers with improved quality wheat seed, chemical fertiliser and other agricultureinfo-icon input before launching the drive.

A farmer, Atiqullah, in Mazar valley said residents opted to grow poppy in their fields in the wake of extreme poverty. He said his crop was eradicated, but offered no compensation in return.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment



Twitter Update