Days after the announcement of an overall ban on the cultivation of poppy by the Islamic Emirate, the farmers in the southern provinces -- a main supply area -- said the price of crops have doubled.
Earlier, the Islamic Emirate’s supreme leader in a decree banned the cultivation of any kind of plants used for narcotics in the country.
The farmers said that the announcement of the ban on poppy cultivation caused a significant spike in the price of the product.
Niaz Mohammad, a farmer in Kandahar province, said that he cultivated poppy plants on 250 acres of land, where dozens of people are working on the farms.
“Until our government stops us from cultivating it, we will not stop cultivating poppy. We don’t care about the westerners,” said Niaz Mohammad, a farmer.
“It is a good business. A lot of people are working on the farms,” said Zarqawi, a worker.
There are children who are working on the farms.
“I collect the opium and then sell it. When I collect a couple of pounds. I take my share and sell it,” said Waras Ahmad, 10, who was working on the poppy farms.
However, the farmers called on the Islamic Emirate to provide them with support.
“There is drought. We have not had good products this year. This is our product. We don’t have anything else to produce,” said Lal Mohammad, a farmer.
Based on the Islamic Emirate’s leader’s decree, the usage and trafficking of drugs and alcohol has been banned across the country.
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