Taliban bans opium poppy cultivation

The Taliban said Sunday that they are banning the cultivation of opium poppy, which is used as a raw material to produce illicit drugs like heroin. 

The ban comes during opium harvesting season in southern Afghanistan, and a Taliban spokesman said that farmers could be jailed and their crops burned if they harvested poppy. 

Afghanistan generates annual revenue of at least $1.8 billion (€1.6 billion) from producing opium products, according to UN data. 

Afghanistan is the world’s top source of opium, accounting for more than 80% of the world’s supply of opium products, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.

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