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Afghanistan to destroy 15,000 hectares of poppy fields

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Afghanistan plans to destroy 15,000 hectares (37,050 acres) of poppy fields this year in its latest efforts to control the heroin trade that fuels endemic violence and corruption, officials said Sunday. 

Score marks on the sides of dried out poppy bulbs in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan's Helmand province, on May 17, 2006. Afghanistan has announced plans to destroy 15,000 hectares (37,050 acres) of poppy fields this year in its latest efforts to control the heroin trade that fuels endemic violence and corruption.

Poppy crops will be ploughed up by tractor or flattened by teams of men wielding sticks as part of the programme starting in the southern and western provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, Farah and Nimroz.

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