Sep 15, 2000, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9056809
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reports agency .N.U Afghanistan, in crop opium cut helps Drought currently drought The -- IRNA 14, .Sept York, New Nations, United opium country's the down driving is Afghanistan afflicting Nations United the by report new a to according production, .Thursday on issued (P.C.D.N.U) Programme Control Drug International producer largest the remains Afghanistan that confirming While 2000 Survey Poppy Opium Annual UNDCP's world, the in poppy opium of tonnes metric 3,275 about produced country the year, this that reports in tonnes metric 4,581 from reduction substantial a - opium fresh of under poppy opium of hectares 82,172 were there 2000, During .1999 of estimate 1999 the than less cent per 10 nearly or cultivation, .hectares 90,983 was cultivation under area and production both in reduction The" struck that drought severe very the to -- far by -- largely due Pino Director Executive ODCCP "year, the during Afghanistan southern .York New in conference press a told Arlacchi for support its to thanks gains some register did agency UN The the in districts Three .Afghanistan in efforts anti-drug alternative an implementing is UN the where province, Kandahar per 50 about of decrease a recorded project, pilot development as this cited report The .year this harvest opium the in cent with coupled programmes, development alternative" that evidence illicit of cultivation eliminate to authorities by commitment ".reduction poppy on impact significant a have can crops, opium Afghan combat to plan action regional new a praised Arlacchi not could it that added but yesterday, adopted was that trafficking the not is this well very know We" .solutions long-term for substitute alternative is solution term long- The" .said he "strategy, ideal inside crops narcotic of elimination [the] and development ".Afghanistan there said Arlacchi America, Latin in cultivation drug about Asked coca of decline the in "trend positive continuing" a been had 90 to 80 by cultivation its slashed had which Bolivia, in production in reduction a been also had There .years three last the in cent per per 70 almost by cultivation coca under area the cut had which Peru, the of countries all for support urged He .years four last the in cent cocaine combat to efforts their in Colombia, particularly region, .source the at production five last the in that journalists told Arlacchi time, same the At point the to dramatically, increased had cocaine of seizures years, now was streets the for headed cocaine all of half almost where .authorities enforcement law by confiscated MB/MA/HR End