AIBAK (Pajhwok): More than 300 acres of land has been cleared of poppy crop as a result of an ongoing eradication campaign in Dara Sauf Payeen district of northern Samangan province, an official said on Wednesday.
The district police chief, Abdullah Zafari, said police destroyed poppies in cooperation with National Directorate of Security or NDS personnel in Tangi Yaqob, Baloch, Chobaki, Zer Chachal villages during the past seven days of the campaign.
He said the eradication campaign would continue until all lands were cleared of the illicit crop. At least 400 acres of land has been cultivated with poppy in Dra Sauf Payeen and Dra Sauf-i-Bala districts.
About 3,600 acres of rain-fed land had also been cultivated with opium crop in the two districts, but due to a lack of rain, the crop had no yield, Zafari.
Samangan had been a poppy-free province for a period of nine years, but last year farmers in some areas returned to the illicit plant.
Ghulam Sakhi Rezwani, the provincial counternarcotics head, said insecurity was a huge factor behind resumption of poppies cultivation in the province. He said poppy crop in rain-fed land was grown in areas under Taliban control.