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Afghanistan no longer drug producer

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Opium poppies heads growing in Afghanistan. Afghan Opium Poppy Cultivation.

Recently, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate, Amir-ul-Momineen, Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada, issued a decree banning the cultivation, smuggling, and processing of opium and narcotics in Afghanistan, saying that those responsible would be charged in accordance with Islamic law.
This is good news for both Afghanistan and the rest of the world, as the sale and export of narcotics is also banned with this decree. The decree is issued at a time when the number of narcotics addicts in Afghanistan continues to rise.
Banning opium cultivation in Afghanistan is taking several steps forward because opium cultivation in Afghanistan was an excuse for biased countries, otherwise countries as Burma, Mexico, etc. also cultivate opium, but Afghanistan always remained the focused.
Opium cultivation has other dimensions as well that are more complicated such as poppy is grown in Afghanistan, but the materials used to obtain heroin are smuggled into Afghanistan from abroad.
And processing factories are located at the zero point of the Iran-Pakistan border. Countries around the world should know that if poppy is grown in Afghanistan, other countries, especially Afghanistan’s neighbors, are involved in the production of narcotics and there is a demand for them in international markets. If there was no demand in the international market, Afghanistan would never allow poppy cultivation.
The recent decree of Amir-ul-Momineen, Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada, shows the determination of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to ban the cultivation of opium, and the world should be confident that opium will no longer be grown in Afghanistan, because the corrupt government and local powerful monopolies do not exist anymore.
Now Afghanistan has a centralized government and the era of secrecy is over and now people believe in and obey their government leadership.
The world should know that Afghanistan is no longer the nest of looters and thieves where everyone could do whatever they wanted.
In addition, it should be noted that for many years due to drought and other problems caused by lack of government management, the people of Afghanistan have turned to opium cultivation in the last three decades.
The relevant officials should provide alternative as cultivation of saffron, soybeans, etc… ends. Recently, several farmers in Uruzgan province contacted foreign media and acknowledged that they could not stop cultivating opium because they earn 50,000 Afghanis from one acre of land if they cultivate wheat while they earn 400,000 Afghanis if they cultivate opium. So, the officials have to come up with a suitable substitute that could refill the gap of cultivating opium and other forms of narcotics. Mohammad Dawood

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