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Opium is King in Afghanistan

Opium is king in Afghanistan The opium trade has funded insurgents fighting NATO forces and corrupted the government. Afghanistan is the world's top opium producer. Where opium is grown None, or very little Low to moderate High to very high TAJIKISTAN TURKMENISTAN PAKISTAN Kabul AFGHANISTAN Opium cultivation Area being planted has decreased, yet the yield has increased Helmand Kandahar 2008 IRAN Pounds per acre (kg/ha) Produced 75% of nation's '07 37.9 (42.5) 43.6 (48.8) '08 opium Opium production Production has increased almost every year since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 • Farmers involved 2.4 m • Average annual income 8 In metric tons 6. $1,997 • Income per hectare for opium compared to wheat Inuhuull 4 Opium Wheat | $4,662 | $1,625 '94 '08 Source: U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Afghanistan Opium Survey 2008, Afgahnistan Opium Graphic: Judy Treible '01 Winter Rapid Assessment January 2009 © 2009 MCT

Opium is King in Afghanistan

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The opium trade has funded insurgents fighting NATO forces and corrupted the government. Afghanistan is the world's top opium producer.

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