Issue 4, September 2009

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Afghan opium production in significant decline

2 September 2009 - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is down 22 per cent, opium production is down 10 per cent, while prices are at a 10 year low. The number of opium poppy-free provinces has increased from 18 to 20 out of a total number of 34, and more drugs are being seized as a result of more robust counter-narcotics operations by Afghan and NATO forces.

These are the findings contained in the summary findings of the Afghan Opium Survey 2009, released in Kabul by UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa. This annual survey covers the planting cycle from May 2008 to June 2009. [Read more]

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Upcoming Events

  • 17 September 2009 – PriceWaterHouseCoopers Corruption Report Launch
  • End of September 2009 – Afghan Drug Threat Report launch
  • October 2009 – South East Asia Opium Cultivation Survey 2009

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