Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Kabul: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has increased by 32 percent compared to last year.
This department published a report today, this year 233,000 hectares of land have been planted with poppy in Afghanistan, which shows a 32% increase compared to last year.
This is the first report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime about poppy cultivation after the establishment of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan.
After the Taliban banned the cultivation of poppy, the price of opium increased and thus the income of farmers increased three times.
According to the UNODC report, farmers earned $425 million in revenue from opium cultivation in 2021, but this year this figure has reached $1.4 billion.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says that 73 percent of poppy plantations are in southwestern Afghanistan.
According to the report, 20% of Helmand's agricultural land is cultivated with poppy.
At the same time, Abdul Nafi Takor, the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, denies the issue of increasing poppy cultivation compared to last year.
But the UNODC report shows that this year's poppy harvest was largely exempted from the Taliban leader's order, and farmers now have to decide on poppy cultivation for next year.