Afghan Opium Output at Record High

Afghan Opium Output at Record High
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A policeman destroys a poppy field with his gun during an eradication campaign in Dawlatabad Province in Afghanistan, on May 18, 2005.

Despite authorities spending hundreds of millions of dollars since 2001 to eradicate poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, production has increased over the years, to reach record highs, a recent UN report says.

Only the northern provinces have recorded a drop in poppy cultivation.

The cultivation in Balkh Province, for example, has been brought down from 17, 792 acres last year (7,200 hectares) to zero.

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