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Poppy cultivation, drug production eye-catchingly decreased in Afghanistan, Mullah Beradar

KABUL: The Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Mullah Abdul Ghani Beradar Akhund, in a meeting, with Pino Arlacchi, the former Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes, said poppy cultivation and drug production have significantly de creased in Afghanistan. Both sides discussed some issues including joint cooperation of the Islamic Emirate and the International Community in countering narcotics, the deputy PM office for economic affairs said in a statement on Monday. Speaking at the meeting, Mullah Beradar said that the Islamic Emirate has been seriously fighting the cultivation and trafficking of drugs in Afghanistan for the past two and a half years, and currently the level of production and trafficking has significantly decreased, according to the statement. Beradar also added that the Islamic Emirate has collected thousands of drug addicts and after treatment, they have been provided with vocational training programs. “With the implementation of an independent system and overall security in Afghanistan, a good ground has been created for the promotion of alternative drug cultivation and international organizations can cooperate with Afghans in this field,” the statement quoted Mullah Beradar as saying. Meanwhile, Pino Arlacchi appreciated the Islamic Emirate’s fight against drugs and said that the international community must cooperate with the current system in providing alternative poppy cultivation for Afghan farmers. Alarchi added that they are planning to hold an international conference in Kabul in the near future and through the conference, international financial support in the field of alternative poppy cultivation for Afghan farmers would be attracted. The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.