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Poppy crop matures near governor’s house, police HQ

Poppy crop matures near governor’s house, police HQ

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Apr 24, 2016 - 19:20

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Poppy crop grown near the governor’s house and the police headquarters in central Uruzgan province has matured, but the authorities have turned a blind eye towards the banned plant.

Poppy pod in Tirinkot, the provincial capital, and some districts is about to be harvested for opium sap, while officials had earlier claimed the crop grown on 120 hectares of land in the province would be eradicated, a drive yet to be launched.

More poppy has been cultivated this year in Uruzgan compared to last year. The illicit plant could be seen 20 in the vicinity of the governor’s house and the police headquarters.

A farmer form Charamgar locality of Tirinkot told Pajhwok Afghan News he had this time cultivated more of his fields with poppy crop and expecting bumper yield if not hit by insects.

He has started harvesting poppy pods and hired eight other men against daily wages to collect opium sap.

Provincial council chief Abdul Karim Khadimzai acknowledged that more poppy had been cultivated in Uruzgan this year, blaming it on government’s negligence.

He lamented the illicit plant had been even cultivated in an area 20 meters form the governor’s house and the police headquarters.

He said farmers had cultivated the poppy in areas under both Talibaninfo-icon and government control.

Governor Mohammad Nazir Kharoti confirmed poppy had been grown on a large scale in the province, but said soon a campaign to eradicate the plant would be launched. He said the Ministry of Counternarcotics had set the province of eradicating the plant on 120 hectares of land.

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