Trotz schlechter Ernte: Afghanistan bleibt Opium-Weltmeister

Trotz schlechterer Ernte bleibt Afghanistan Weltmeister in der Produktion von Opium. Im vergangenen Jahr sei die Anbaufläche im Vergleich zu 2011 sogar gestiegen, warnt das United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in seinem heute vorgelegten Weltdrogenbericht:

In terms of production, Afghanistan retained its position as the lead producer and cultivator of opium globally (75 per cent of global illicit opium production in 2012). The global area under opium poppy cultivation amounted to 236,320 ha and was thus 14 per cent higher than in 2011. Nonetheless, given a poor yield, owing to a plant disease affecting the opium poppy, in Afghanistan, global opium production fell to 4,905 tons in 2012, 30 per cent less than a year earlier and 40 per cent less than in the peak year of 2007.

Den kompletten Bericht gibt es hier.

(Foto: Afghan uniform police use sticks to eradicate a poppy field near the city of Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan, May 4, 2011 – Photo 1st Lt. Brian Wagner via ISAFmedia auf Flickr unter CC-BY-Lizenz)