Afghanistan's drug dilemma

Farmers under pressure to abandon poppy cultivation say state's handouts are insufficient.

    As harvest season approaches Afghanistan, the government is under increasing pressure to eradicate poppy fields in the country, which is responsible for 90 per cent of heroin sold worldwide.

    In an initiative to combat the problem, the government has offered farmers cash handouts to destroy their poppy fields and grow alternative legal crops instead.

    Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from Marjah, where many farmers say the government is not paying enough to compete with the multi-billion-dollar poppy business.


    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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