Afghan Tribal Elders take lead in cultivating wheat instead of poppy crop


Elders listen during a shura (community meeting) held to convince farmers to grow wheat rather than poppies in a half-built police station in the isolated district of Nad Ali’s district centre, western Helmand province, October 17, 2009. In what Western governments describe as a major success, farmers cultivated poppy on a third less land in Helmand this year than in 2008, according to the United Nations. Picture taken October 17, 2009. To match feature AFGHANISTAN-OPIUM/ REUTERS/Katrina Manson (AFGHANISTAN MILITARY SOCIETY)

This is surely a sensible way to switch the farming industry from poppy crop to healthy crops by using tribal leaders, rather than burning the fields and leaving the local farmers with nothing!

A soldier guards hundreds of bags of wheat seed in the isolated district of Nad Ali’s district centre in the west of Helmand province, October 17, 2009. In what Western governments describe as a major success, farmers cultivated poppy on a third less land in Helmand this year than in 2008, according to the United Nations. Picture taken October 17, 2009. To match feature AFGHANISTAN-OPIUM/ REUTERS/Katrina Manson (AFGHANISTAN MILITARY SOCIETY

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