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Opium production surges by 43% in Afghanistan in 2016

Opium production in Afghanistan has increased by 43% according to a survey released on 23 October by the UNODC. 4800 metric tons of opium has been produced in the past year, compared to 3300 metric tons during the previous year. According to the UNODC, the sudden increase is largely driven by a higher opium yield per hectare. Priyanka Shankar spoke to Coen Bussink, the team leader of illicit crop monitoring at UNODC headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

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