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An Afghan man works on a poppy field in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Parwiz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - GF10000389086

4,000 hectares of poppy fields in Afghanistan destroyed


Kabul: The counter-narcotics department of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that so far, it has destroyed 4,000 hectares of poppy fields in Afghanistan.

Head of the MoI, said the process of destroying poppy fields is ongoing in Badakhshan, Kunduz, Takhar and Faryab provinces.

“About 4000 hectares of land have been cleared of drug cultivation in the center and provinces of the country,” the MoI noted, according to Tolo News.

As per the Kabul Security Command, after the Taliban returned to power, more than 1,000 people were arrested in connection with drug trafficking and its sales in the capital. “1000 suspects have been arrested and turned over to the law in Kabul. These were the narcotics sellers and smugglers,” said Kabul security department spokesman Khalid Zadran.

Some farmers whose poppy fields have been destroyed asked the current government to provide them with alternative crops. “We ask the current government to provide us with an alternative to opium cultivation,” said Wali Mohammad, a resident of Uruzgan. The Ministry of Interior (MoI)’s counter-narcotics department said that based on the surveys of recent years, there are between 3.5 to 4 million drug users in the country.

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