According to a new grasp relief by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Afghanistan is at present the world's largest maker of opium, the raw element for heroin. In 2005, best of the opiate sold-out in Europe was design to originate from Afghanistan.

Strategies are incessantly woman sought to decimate cultivation of the narcotic flower in this countryside. One of the primary hitches to conquer is that a number of Afghan farmers who spring flower do so because they have no otherwise practicable options; other crops simply don't offer the aforesaid magnitude of capital.

One chief maneuver towards the natural event of this strategy, therefore, is to ignite Afghan farmers to shoot alternate crops that will be competent to render them a living.

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"Essential oils as alternatives to the controlled substance poppy?"

Afghanistan has a great smooth of biodiversity, and a cipher of 'niche' crops, suitable to gardening in Afghanistan, are presently individual investigated as alternatives to the controlled substance poppy. These see plants from which vital oils and spices are derived, as healthy as new reproductive structure crops.

Essential oils

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A number of companies in Afghanistan are investigation the harvest of indispensable oils such as as bitter red blossom and chromatic for use by the toiletries industry. Orange bloom and chromatic are home-grown to Afghanistan, as is jasmine, and the environmental condition is just what the doctor ordered for their crop growing.


Afghanistan is easy in herbs and spices, and the region before now includes ginger, herb and saffron among its exports. Saffron in specific is an really worth crop: the aromatic dry stamens of the flowers have been used widely for thousands of years, not sole in preparation but too to kind perfumes, dyes and flavourer medicines. Saffron is overmuch in apply for in the west, and its use in Afghanistan as a practicable alternate to flower is currently someone evaluated.

Fruit crops

Apricots, grapes and raisins, and nuts, such as almonds, pistachios and walnuts, are simply commercially cultivated in Afghanistan for trade goods to opposite countries. Markets for less communal crops, such as as mulberries and pomegranates, some of which are wide adult in Afghanistan, are as well being investigated (especially in floaty of the recent quality in the westside for pomegranates as the with-it upbeat remedy).


In decree to undertake the exultant demolition of controlled substance poppy cultivation, it is principal that Afghan farmers are competent to develop realistically possible alternative crops. Although a amount of crops are right now mortal evaluated, the activity of secondary return opportunities will belike give somebody a lift many years, and will dictate long-term commitment from, and piling for, those who may be adversely artificial by switch from flower cultivation.


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