Disease 'to cut Afghan opium by up to 70%'

A mystery disease infecting opium poppies in Afghanistan could cut this year's illicit crop in some areas by up to 70 percent, an official said Sunday.

The disease has led authorities to expect a "significant" reduction in opium production this year, with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) saying this week that the output could fall by up to 25 percent.

Daud Daud, Afghanistan's deputy interior minister for counter-narcotics, said that "in some areas up to 70 percent of the crops have been destroyed" by the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh dear what will the US drug lords do now! :)

It will be inyteresting to see the same US Government that worked so hard to justofy allowing the opium to grow to now justify spending US tax dollars to cure the plant disease.

I still think that the Russians may have done this when the US refused to stop the flow of heroin from Afghanistan into Russia.

Good for the Russians!

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