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Over the last years of President Bush’s tenure a policy of eradication of the heroin producing poppy crop in Afghanistan was employed through the technique of spraying chemicals over farms with poppy crops.
Millions of dollars were wasted because the percentage of crops destroyed had no effect on the Taliban and related Al Qaeda groups who were still able to make all the money they needed for their operations. A by- product of Bush’s policy was the alienation of local afghan communities against the United States efforts to be seen as a trusted partner in the rebuilding Afghanistan after the war.
Mr. Holbrooke is the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, his implementation of President Obama’s new policy which ends eradication of crops and replaces it with interdiction of the kingpins of the poppy trade and their business centers where the heroin is processed and sold,
a new set of agricultural programs to restore Afghanistan to it’s former days of being an agricultural exporter of goods to the region is a smart solution. The products Afghanistan’s farmers previously exported included pistachios wine olives and over 80 percent of the worlds raisins.
This new plan has already shown signs of progress in US -Afghan relations, so let us congratulate Mr. Holbrooke and his efforts to repair relations in the region.
Email Mr. Holbrooke and let him know you appreciate his efforts! (see below)
January 22, 2009
www.new-ag.info for info on Afghanistan’s agriculture