U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday designated 22 countries, including Afghanistan, as “major drug transit and illicit drug producing countries.”
“Illegal poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is among the most difficult international drug-control problems,” Obama said, adding that it has been the world’s largest poppy producer for 15 years.
The 22 countries designated as major drug producers or gateways for fiscal 2016 includes Afghanistan, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
President Obama said the United Nations will convene a special session in April next year focusing on combating drug production and trafficking globally.
Despite billions of dollars spent in combating the growth of illicit narcotics in Afghanistan, the country continues to produce 90 percent of the world’s opium.
President Obama said the United Nations will convene a special session in April next year focusing on combating drug production and trafficking globally
According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), almost 500,000 acres land is devoted to growing opium in Afghanistan, which is equivalent to 400,000 football fields.
The increase in consumption, cultivation and smuggling of drugs is the biggest challenge facing the national unity government of Afghanistan, according to experts