Nov 05, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
According to a report from the United Nations’ drugs agency, Afghan farmers lost over $1 billion of cash income from opium sales after the Taliban banned poppy cultivation.
At the time the Taliban seized power in August 2021, Afghanistan was the world’s largest opium producer and a main source for heroin in Europe and Asia.
The Taliban vowed to wipe out the country’s drug industry and imposed a formal ban in April 2022.
Sunday’s report from the U.N.’s Office on Drugs and Crime said opium cultivation plummeted by 95% due to the ban.
Afghans are struggling with drought, severe economic hardship and the continued consequences of decades of war and natural disasters.