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Ready to help Afghans replace poppy with other crops: Iran

Ready to help Afghans replace poppy with other crops: Iran

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Feb 14, 2017 - 17:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Iran’s on Tuesday signaled iys willingness to cooperate with Afghanistaninfo-icon on replacing opium cultivation with other crops in western Farah province.

The deputy head of Iran’s Anti-Drug Headquarters told the state-run news agency almost all border areas had been blocked to prevent opium smuggling into the country.

Speaking to IRNA, , Assadollah Hadinejad said Tehran had taken effective steps to prevent the smuggling of opium into Iran from the neighbouring country.

Talks were still ongoing with Afghan officials to take similar measures on their side of the border, he said, believing poppy cultivation could be replaced with sesame and corn.

The area under poppy cultivation in Afghanistan increased by 10 percent to 201,000 hectares (497,000 acres) in 2016, says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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