IWPR, 3 January 2012
Farmers in Afghanistan’s Helmand province say they are determined to grow as much opium poppy as they can this season. Some blame official efforts to encourage them to switch to other crops, which they say have failed to lift them out of poverty. Others say the Taleban intimidate them into colluding with the illicit drugs industry. But a major incentive this year is undoubtedly the high price that opium is fetching.
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