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Kashmir custom officials crack down on poppy cultivators

Revenue officials in Jammu and Kashmir raided illegal poppy cultivations in remote areas of the State on Wednesday and destroyed large tracts of its cultivation.

Nowgam (J-K), May 9 : Revenue officials in Jammu and Kashmir raided illegal poppy cultivations in remote areas of the State on Wednesday and destroyed large tracts of its cultivation.

Custom officials, with the help of security forces, surveyed higher reaches of Anantnag and Pulwama districts and destroyed poppy cultivation in large areas.

"We had information that villagers in the remote areas are growing poppy. There are small patches of land about 50 square feet. But when we asked villagers about the kind of cultivation going on upper hills they misguided us saying there is militant threat and we should not risk our lives but when we came here we saw tracks of lands under poppy cultivation," said M. S. Kamra, Superintendent of Customs, Srinagar.

The climate in the State is apt for poppy cultivation and the villagers in upper reaches of the Himalayan region have taken to its cultivation for quick buck.

"Earlier, Kashmir used to produce almonds, saffron but now the condition has deteriorated and people have taken up to poppy cultivation. It is polluting the youths here who fall as a prey and it is then exported outside," said Ghulam Nabi, a local resident.

Poppy or Opium is mainly cultivated in India in the higher reaches of Himalayas in few northern pockets, but is now largely state-regulated and illegal cultivation is mostly destroyed.

India is considered a major conduit of opium smuggling cultivated in the Golden Triangle comprising Southeast Asian countries Myanmar, Laos and Thailand and the Golden Crescent, which groups Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

ANI

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