Afghanistan’s Opium Manufacturing Crosses 6,000-Tonne Mark For fifth 12 months In A Row: UN Report

New Delhi: The opium manufacturing in Afghanistan, a hub of the worldwide drug commerce, crossed the 6,000-tonne mark for the fifth consecutive 12 months, a United Nations report mentioned.

It’s doubtlessly producing as much as 320 tonnes of pure heroin to be trafficked all over the world, mentioned the report launched by the Workplace on Medication and Crime (UNODC) on Monday.

Afghanistan has produced 6,800 tonnes of opium in 2021, registering a progress of 8 p.c in output.

With the Taliban taking up the nation, which is the world’s largest opium producer, uncertainties across the commerce have grown and this has solely pushed up opium costs. Amid rising poverty and meals insecurity within the war-torn nation, incentives for opium cultivation have additionally risen, the report mentioned.

“The 2022 opium harvest will be based on decisions that farmers will make in November 2021, when they are starting to sow opium poppy.” 

The report mentioned revenue from opiates amounted to round $1.8-$2.7 billion in 2021. 

“However, much larger sums are accrued along illicit drug supply chains outside Afghanistan. Taxes on opiates cultivation, production and trafficking represent a lucrative potential source of financing for non-state actors in the country.” 

Afghanistan accounted for round 85 p.c of the worldwide manufacturing of opium in 2020. The nation’s financial system has been lengthy depending on opium gross sales. Throughout its twenty years in Afghanistan, the US was not in a position to cease the unlawful manufacturing of opium.

“The illicit drug economy has become increasingly complex, with methamphetamine manufacture in Afghanistan sharply increasing in recent years. High regional and global demand for methamphetamine, coupled with a saturated market for opiates, could push the further expansion of manufacture of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs,” the report famous.

The UNODC additionally mentioned the worldwide neighborhood should “urgently” present assist to the individuals of Afghanistan.

“In view of the volatile security situation, protracted economic crisis, and health emergency, the international community must urgently provide basic needs and services to the people of Afghanistan to promote sustainable reductions in illicit drug cultivation, production and demand as part of overall un assistance,” the report mentioned.

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