Monday, October 15, 2007

Opium in Afghanistan: Eradicate or subsidize?


This is working in Turkey. The report I saw (and lost) stated almost no one grows opium and sells illegally to drug dealers. They lose their licenses to grow opium for, I believe three years, and the farmers can't afford that. The government also closely watches over the farmers.

Its good income for the farmers and for the government which buys the crops and produces morphine.

Eradication causes loss of income, resentment and pushes the people to embrace the Taleban.
As opium harvests in Afghanistan have steadily increased, some politicians and think tanks have raised a trenchant question: Rather than trying to eradicate Afghanistan's poppies, why not buy them and make morphine?

Now there has to be some graft and corruption. I mean huge sacks of morphine have to be tempting.

Via IHT.

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2 Comments:

Blogger The Real Mother Hen said...

Ha what a good article! I guess the answer depends on who is the buyer! Anyway, since 99.99% of this socienty operates on polarized opposites, there will be fight among the buyers too! :)

10/16/2007 06:16:00 AM  
Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

I'd like to believe people are better than that, but then I keep forgetting about greed.

10/16/2007 06:59:00 AM  

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