Creation of Afghan opium this year will grow by 61 percent

As said on Tuesday the United Nations, creation of opium in Afghanistan, the insurgency is fueled by the Taliban, will increase almost two-thirds after the last collection of the disease struck.

For 10 years after the US-led invasion, Afghanistan supplies 90 percent of the world's illicit opium, which is the main income of the insurgency.

At the UN, they say that the feeding of poppy cultivation in 2011 have gained 131 thousand hectares, an increase of 7 per cent more than in 2010.

Taking into account the significant increase in yield per hectare compared with the previous year, the total creation Opium should grow 61 percentage.

The growth of land for the production of opium shows the failure of the efforts of civilian NATO partners, in particular the reconstruction of groups that failed to convince farmers to switch from feeding cultivation to other crops.

The UN report states that the price of dry opium this year, up 43 percent compared with 2010, while the total agricultural income will increase by 133 percent, reaching number to 1.4 billion dollars, or 9 percent of Afghanistan's GDP.

"If you add to this profit creation smelters and heroin, the opium become a significant part of the Afghan economy and provides considerable funding for the rebels, also fuels corruption, "the report said.

The representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Afghanistan, Jean-Luc Leman says that the drug trade in the period between 2001 and 2010 in Afghanistan has brought two billion dollars and 66 billion dollars abroad.

Of the 2 billion, he says, 10 percent of the insurgents are gone, and about 20 percent of the peasants.

It states that the remaining 1.4 billion dollars are in question, but he believes it is shared between the corrupt authorities and crime. But in the past year, prices have risen by 300 percent.

"Now farmers will earn 1.4 billion … the rebels will have to go to about 700 million, and earn as much as crime and corrupt government, I think you can count themselves," says Leman.

Afghan authorities are trying to rid the country of illicit opium production with international allies since that time, as the Taliban in 2001, was removed from power.

"The total volume of treated acres in 2011 increased by 65 percent. But cleaned areas represent only 3 percent of the total cultivated land ", quoted Lehmann's manager UNODC Yury Fedotov.

"Although in some areas of the fight against drugs outlined some progress, medium characteristics of the production of opium is not positive," he added.

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