Afghan opium cultivation drops for first time in six years

KABUL : United Nations report has said Afghanistan saw a drop in opium cultivation this year for the first time since 2009, citing dry weather conditions as a key reason for the decline.

Despite a decade of costly US and international counter-narcotics programmes, poppy farming has boomed in southern and western regions.

The total area under cultivation was 183,000 hectares (452,203 acres) in 2015, a 19 percent decrease from last year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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