Survey shows drop in Afghanistan opium poppy cultivation this year, weather a major factor

October 14, 2015 11:56 AM

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KABUL, Afghanistan – A new survey reports a drop in opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan this year, which comes after six years of increases.

The UN and Afghan government joint survey released Wednesday shows a 19 percent decrease in cultivation to 183,000 hectares (452,200 acres), down from 224,000 hectares (553,500 acres) last year.

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