"The Taliban have done it again: implementing a nearly complete ban against cultivation of opium poppy — Afghanistan’s most important agricultural product — repeating their similarly successful 2000-2001 prohibition on the crop. But the temptation to view the current ban in an overly positive light — as an important global counter-narcotics victory — must be avoided. This is particularly true given the state of Afghanistan’s economy and the country’s humanitarian situation. Indeed, the ban imposes huge economic and humanitarian costs on Afghans and it is likely to further stimulate an outflow of refugees.
It may even result in internal challenges for the Taliban itself. And, in the long run, it will not have lasting counter-narcotics benefits within Afghanistan or globally." This is the craziness the United States Institute of Peace wants the world to believe when in fact they are concerned that big pharma wont be able to make profits addicting people to their drugs! USIP was established by Congress in 1984 as an independent institution devoted to the nonviolent prevention and mitigation of deadly conflict abroad. If thats true why are they urging Afghanistan to keep the drug cartels in power?
Opium cultivation in Afghanistan – latest findings and emerging threats, is the first report on the illicit opium trade since the Taliban's return to power in August 2021. The authorities banned all cultivation of opium poppy and all narcotics under strict new laws, in April 2022. Around 90% of the world's opium comes from Afghanistan, and most of it is destined for the illicit market. The simple facts are that opium production was high under the US influenced government of Afghanistan of the 1970s, decreased 10-fold by 2001 under the Taliban, and then increased 30-fold and more under the US to the same level as in the 1970s. History shows us how empires function; be they British or US. So the illegal drug trade is backed by the US Government even as they use drugs as a reason to attack black communities they ARE the dealers!
Since the takeover by the Taliban in August 2021:
1 Opium cultivation in Afghanistan increased by 32% over the previous year to 233,000 hectares – making the 2022 crop the third
largest area under opium cultivation since monitoring began.
2 Opium prices have soared following the announcement of the
cultivation ban in April 2022.
3 The income made by farmers from opium sales tripled from USD
425 million in 2021 to USD1.4 billion 2022 - the equivalent of 29%
of the 2021 agricultural sector value. The sum still represents only
a fraction of the income made from production and trafficking
within the country. Increasingly larger sums are further accrued
along the illicit drug supply chain outside the country.
4 Seizures of opiates around Afghanistan indicate that trafficking of
Afghan opium and heroin has not stopped. Afghanistan supplies
80% of global opiate demand.
5 Most of the 2023 opium crop must be sowed by early November;
farmers will take decisions on whether and how much opium poppy to plant amid severe economic disruption and humanitarian
crisis, continued high prices for opium and uncertainty about how
the de facto authorities will enforce the cultivation ban.