Scores of poppy fields destroyed in Northern Afghanistan

Local officials in northern Afghanistan, Balkh province have announced that approximately one hundred acres of poppy fields have been destroyed in the past month in this province.

Furthermore, Sangaryar, the operational manager of the anti-narcotics campaign in Balkh province, reported on Tuesday, March 12, about the destruction of poppy fields in the Chamtal district.

Previously, the Ministry of Interior of the Taliban administration had reported the destruction of 587 acres of opium poppy fields in Helmand province.

According to the ministry, the anti-narcotics police in the provinces of Helmand, Uruzgan, Kandahar, Farah, and Nangarhar have carried out several operations to destroy opium poppy cultivation.

It is noteworthy that southern Afghanistan, including Helmand, is a major producer of opium and narcotics in the country.

This is happening while the authorities of the caretaker government have claimed that the production and cultivation of narcotics have decreased in the past two years.

Hebatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Taliban, declared the cultivation, production, and trafficking of narcotics illegal in Afghanistan with a decree issued in March of last year.

Scores of poppy fields destroyed in Northern Afghanistan