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Bulk of poppy grown in 10 [districts]: minister

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Pajhwok News Agency, 17 December 2014

Acting Counternarcotics Minister Haroon Rashid Sherzad informed that the bulk (54%) of poppy crop was cultivated in 10 districts of four provinces this season: Nad Ali, Nawzad, Nahr-i-Saraj, Kajaki, Garmser, Musa Qala and Khaneshin districts of Helmand province, Bakwa district of Farah, Maiwand district of Kandahar and Khashrod of Nimroz. This year, poppy was cultivated on 209 hectares of land, compared with last year’s 165 hectares.

He also revealed another interesting figure: He said the government had no control over 41 districts, where 92 percent of the poppy had been grown.