Taliban Move to Ban Opium Production in Afghanistan

Taliban leaders, trying to get global acceptance after seizing energy in Afghanistan, have instructed farmers to stop cultivating opium poppies, people of some important poppy-rising regions say. This has brought about raw opium charges to soar across the state.

In current days, Taliban associates began telling gatherings of villagers in the southern province of Kandahar, 1 of the country’s most important opium-generating regions, that the crop—a essential section of the nearby economy—would now be banned.

This followed a assertion by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid at an Aug. eighteen information meeting in Kabul that the country’s new rulers will not allow the drug trade. Mr. Mujahid at the time did not give details of how the Islamist team intends to enforce the ban.

Regional farmers in Kandahar, Uruzgan and Helman provinces reported raw opium charges have tripled, from about $70 to about $200 for each kilogram, owing to uncertainty about long term output. In the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, the opium value has doubled, people there reported. Uncooked opium is processed into heroin.

The Taliban have long been 1 of the narcotics industry’s top beneficiaries, applying taxation of the drug company to finance their 20-yr insurgency, Western governments say. Afghanistan accounts for some 80% of the world’s illicit opiates exports, and the poppy-planting time starts in about a month.