Afghanistan supplies about 90% of the world’s opium , from which deadly heroin is made.
The poppy economy in Afghanistan, which provides an income for insurgent Talibans , grew significantly in the year 2011 with soaring prices and expanded cultivation, a UN report revealed.
In 2011, the farm-gate value of opium production more than doubled from the year previously to $1.4 billion and now accounts for 15% of the economy of Afghanistan, the UNODC said.
Kandahar is of one of Afghanistan’s top poppy producing provinces.
A lot of people were buying the opium and the cannabis as a kind of gold standard, as a kind of security fearing conflict in the wake of withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014.