Opium Price Increases, Afghan farmers to plant Tempted Back

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Market law applies. As a result of opium prices to rise, now many Afghan farmers are tempted to plant opium. Reduction of production lead to prices rose sharply last year.

"There are things that concern. The market response to a sharp decline in opium production with the dramatic price increases in the market. The price nearly doubled the price in 2009," said Yury Fedotov, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in report on Afghanistan Opium Survey 2010.

From 2005 to 2009, opium prices have fallen continues. "If the temptation of a massive cash this continues, then it can effectively reverse the victory of the hard work for many years," Fedotov said.

A crop disease has destroyed the opium crop in southern Helmand and Kandahar province which became the major cannabis growing region in Afghanistan. These pests have been cut last year's Afghan opium production by half.

But ironically, the decline in opium production last year is now actually increase the price of opium on the market. ''In 2010, the average price of opium at harvest was 169 U.S. dollars (USD 1.5 million) per kilo. The price rose 164 percent from 64 U.S. dollars (USD 582 thousand) in 2009,''said Yury Fedotov.
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