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Afghan opium poppy cultivation grew 30% in 2014 — Russian anti-drug chief

February 09, 2015, 17:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The cultivation scale of opium poppy in Afghanistan in 2014 grew to 250,000 hectares
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MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. A record 250,000 hectares of opium poppy were grown last year, a 30% increase compared with 2013, the head of Russia’s federal drug control service said on Monday.

"The heroin issue hasn't diappeared. The cultivation scale of opium poppy in Afghanistan in 2014 grew to 250,000 hectares. Its harvest grew 30%," Viktor Ivanov told reporters.

"And just a tiny amount of the heroin produced from this poppy is used in Afghanistan, while its major part comes to Russia, Europe, China, South Africa, and through African countries to the EU," Ivanov said.

Through a militarized transit way, this destabilizes the situation in a number of regions in the world, he said.

According to the United Nations data, in 2013 Afghan farmers grew 209,000 hectares of opium poppy, compared with 193,000 hectares in 2007.

Infographics Opium production in Afghanistan over 20 years Opium production in Afghanistan over 20 years
Afghanistan has surpassed a record high of opium production, according to the 2014 report of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Infographics by TASS

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