In Afghanistan, the illegal production of opium has increased by eight percent in 2021, compared to last year, the United Nations has said, while the opium of this country continues to dominate the black market. It supplies eight of the 10 users worldwide. Afghanistan harvested 6,800 opium plants in 2021, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said in a November 16 report.
Revenues from Afghan opium have risen between $ 1.8 billion and $ 2.7 billion this year, the report said.
“But even larger sums have been secured through the illegal supply chain outside Afghanistan.” According to the findings of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, about one-tenth of the Afghan economy is supported by the opium trade.
Opium prices almost doubled in August, compared to May. The report’s authors said the increase was a result of political uncertainty following the Taliban took power in August. The Taliban themselves have said they are analyzing alternative ways of engaging those involved in opium harvesting and have called for international help in order to reduce the plant’s production. Afghanistan is the largest producer of opium in the world, accounting for about 30 percent of global production.
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