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UN: Afghan Opium Value Soars

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the value of opium in Afghanistan soared by 133 percent in 2011 compared to the year before. The survey released by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said farmers’ income amounted to $1.4 billion, representing nine percent of Afghanistan’s Gross Domestic Product. UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said Thursday […]

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UN: Burmese Opium Production Increasing

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says opium production in Burma has increased for the fifth consecutive year. In an annual survey published Thursday, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said opium production rose by 5 percent in 2011. The report also said the average price for opium jumped by nearly 50 percent in the past year, […]

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran Discuss Opium Smuggling

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ministers from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have met in Kabul to discuss cooperation in fighting opium smuggling and production across the region. Monday’s meeting of anti-narcotic officials was the second day of the talks organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Yuri Fedotov, who heads the agency, told the Associated Press that […]

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UN: Opium Production on Rise in Afghanistan

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says Afghanistan’s opium production may rise by more than two-thirds this year compared to last, as financial insecurity and high opium prices lead more farmers to grow illicit poppies. In a survey released Tuesday, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime also said cultivation of the opium poppy jumped 7 percent in […]

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Opium Production on the Rise in Afghanistan

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says opium production is on the rise in Afghanistan, as financial insecurity and high opium prices lead more farmers to grow illicit poppies. In a survey released Tuesday, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says production will increase more than 60 percent this year compared to last. UNODC also said […]

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