Despite international efforts to eradicate Afghanistan's opium industry, including thousands of British troops deployed to Helmand province, the impoverished nation's annual poppy harvest is expected to increase. Last year, the country was responsible for 87% of the world's illicit opium. The annual UN report on drug cultivation in Afghanistan is due to be published in August. Graphic shows annual opium cultivation in hectares and location of main opium producing provinces. Includes factbox on how heroin is produced from opium.
PUBLISHED: 19/7/2006; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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Increased opium crop forecast