Afghanistan: April 7, 2005


Poppy growing has been reduced throughout the country. Foreign countries and aid groups promised jobs for poppy farmers who quit. Police destroyed the fields of farmers who did not. Criminal charges are not brought against farmers, however. Although it's half way through the growing season, it appears there will be a lot less heroin coming out of Afghanistan this year. Foreign aid organizations provided jobs for poppy farmers who got out of poppies. Police destroyed the fields of farmers who refused to stop growing poppies. However, these farmers were not prosecuted. The government consulted with tribal and local leaders first, often presenting local leaders with gifts. 


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