Afghanistan sees 7% increase in poppy cultivation in 2014 - Yahoo NewsOpium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2014, a United Nations report revealed Wednesday, highlighting the failure of the multi-billion-dollar US-led campaign to crack down on the lucrative crop.The total area under cultivation was about 224,000 hectares (553,500 acres) in 2014, a seven percent increase on last year, according to the Afghanistan Opium Survey released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit a record high this year, rising by seven percent over the 2013 figure and accounting for 90 percent of the world's heroin supply, officials and the United Nations said on Wednesday.Record opium poppy cultivation this year in Afghanistan: UN - Channel NewsAsia
Opium poppy farming in Afghanistan reached a record high, with 224,000 hectares of land being used to cultivate the crop, which is used to make heroin.The Growing Heroin Epidemic Nationwide : Recovery Advocates
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