British and US Accused Of Poppy Plague Warfare In Afghanistan

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What is causing the poppy plague?
Britain and the US have been accused of launching secret biological warfare on Afghanistan’s poppy fields in a bid to blight the opium crop. Poppy plants have been suffering from a mysterious disease which leaves them yellow and withered and slashes the yield of opium resin which is sold on and processed into heroin.

The worst affected farmers have said the scale of the infection is unprecedented…

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Drug Smokers In Egypt Suffer Hashish Shortage After Crackdown

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Hash currently in short supply in Egypt.

Millions of Egyptians — some of the world’s most enthusiastic consumers of hashish — are suffering withdrawal pangs after an unprecedented shortage of their favourite narcotic. A sudden fall in supply of the concentrated form of marijuana has sent prices spiralling, and left smokers searching for alternative highs.

“This is very weird for Egypt. I’ve never seen it like this,” said Yasser, a former police officer-turned-hash dealer. “My supplier told me he doesn’t know what’s going on…”

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Tackling The Heroin Menace With Pomegranates

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More Profitable Than Poppies?

A former homeless drug abuser from Swindon is the unlikely champion of an initiative that aims to fight Afghanistan’s vast narcotics economy – with fruit juice. James Brett, 39, who once spent a year living rough before becoming a fruit juice magnate, is behind a scheme that aims to replace opium fields with pomegranate orchards.Afghanistan produces 90 per cent of the world’s opium, which generates almost all the heroin consumed by British drug addicts. The country also grows some of the world’s finest pomegranates, though many orchards have been destroyed during more than 30 years of war.

Mr Brett’s scheme will begin in March with 100,000 pomegranate saplings in the eastern province of Nangahar. He hopes eventually to plant 175,000 hectares (432,250 acres) of orchards across the country.

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