How Much Opium Did Afghans Harvest in 2023 After the Taliban Ban?

The Taliban unquestionably have drastically reduced opium poppy cultivation during the 2022-2023 growing season, roughly duplicating the percentage reduction they achieved in 2000-2001 when they were previously in power.

This year’s poppy harvest is orders of magnitude smaller than last year’s and is much lower than in any year since the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) started producing estimates in 1994, except for 2001.

According to a report by UNODC, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has decreased by 95% after the Taliban banned it in April 2022!

According to this report, the amount of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has decreased from 6,200 tons to 333 tons. In this way, poppy cultivation fields, from which opium and heroin are produced, have decreased from 230 thousand hectares to about 11 thousand hectares.

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