Afghan opium production declines for the first time in 6 years

October 14, 2015

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today that the amount of opium produced in Afghanistan this year was 3,300 tons, a 48 percent drop from the previous year.

Poppy cultivation, from which opium is derived, also declined, by 19 percent, reveals the most recent survey published by the Afghan government and UNODC.

The agency’s executive director, Yuri Fedotov, welcomed the results but assured that the country’s drug problem remains serious and that sustainable progress depends on the determination of the Afghan government and the international community to end this threat that it poses. in danger our societies.

UNODC attributed the drastic decline to better cooperation between law enforcement and policy makers in Afghanistan. These reductions are significant after six years of continuous increases in opium cultivation and production in the country.

UNODC called for intensified efforts to continue reducing drug production in Afghanistan until it is eliminated.

Afghanistan produces more than 80 percent of the world’s illicit opiates, and according to experts, proceeds from the illegal trade could finance the Taliban insurgency.

October 14, 2015

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today that the amount of opium produced in Afghanistan this year was 3,300 tons, a 48 percent drop from the previous year.

Poppy cultivation, from which opium is derived, also declined, by 19 percent, reveals the most recent survey published by the Afghan government and UNODC.

The agency’s executive director, Yuri Fedotov, welcomed the results but assured that the country’s drug problem remains serious and that sustainable progress depends on the determination of the Afghan government and the international community to end this threat that it poses. in danger our societies.

UNODC attributed the drastic decline to better cooperation between law enforcement and policy makers in Afghanistan. These reductions are significant after six years of continuous increases in opium cultivation and production in the country.

UNODC called for intensified efforts to continue reducing drug production in Afghanistan until it is eliminated.

Afghanistan produces more than 80 percent of the world’s illicit opiates, and according to experts, proceeds from the illegal trade could finance the Taliban insurgency.