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Afghanistan: Opium Survey (2004)
Antonio Maria Costa (pf). In Afghanistan in 2004, opium cultivation increased by 2/3. If the drug problem in Afghanistan persists, the pol. & mil. successes of the last 3 years will be lost. This survey, illus. with numerous maps & graphs, shows that in 2004: opium poppy cultivation increased 64% in Afghanistan, with potential opium prod. est. at 4,200 metric tons (+17%); 356,000 families were involved in opium poppy cultivation (compared with 264,000 in 2003); est. farmersí per capital gross income from opium was down 64%, but still 12 times higher than from wheat; total farm-gate value of opium decreased 41% to US$600 mill.; & the value of opiates exports to neighboring countries increased to US$2.8 billion. The survey combined the analysis of satellite images & field visits.
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