The Taliban Opium Eradication Program


Barely acknowledged by the mainstream media, in 2000-2001 the Taliban government –with the support of the United Nations (UNODC) – implemented a successful ban on poppy cultivation. Opium production which is used to produce grade 4 heroin and its derivatives declined by more than 90 per cent in 2001. The production of opium in 2001 was of the order of a meagre 185 tons.

It is worth noting that the UNODC congratulated the Taliban Government for its successful opium eradication program:

“This year’s production [2001] is around 185 tons. This is down from the 3300 tons last year [2000], a decrease of over 94 per cent. Compared to the record harvest of 4700 tons two years ago, the decrease is well over 97 per cent.

“Any decrease in illicit cultivation is welcomed, especially in cases like this when no displacement, locally or in other countries, took place to weaken the achievement” (Remarks on behalf of UNODC Executive Director at the UN General Assembly, October, 2001).”

The Taliban government had contributed to literally destabilizing the multibillion dollar Worldwide trade in heroin.

Afghanistan under US military occupation produces approximately 90% of the World’s illegal supply of opium which is used to produce heroin. The production of opium in Afghanistan registered a 49 fold increase since Washington’s invasion. In 2017, the production of opium in Afghanistan under US military occupation reached 9000 metric tons.

Who owns the aiplanes and ships that transport heroin from Afghanistan to the US? Not the Taliban.

Who gets the profits? Are the multi-hundreds of billions in illegal drug profits what finances the black operations of the CIA and Western intelligence agencies?

Why are they called “intelligence agencies” when in fact they are destabilization and assassination agencies that apparently dominate the illegal drug business.

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Chossudovsky is Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa in Canada and the Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization.