Each country has their significant cash crop, with the US ranging in apples and sweet potatoes, and Africa in cocoa and tobacco. In Afghanistan, there’s a particular cash crop that’s hiding under the surface and affecting the countries around it, particularly Pakistan — and that crop is heroin.
In a news briefing with RT News’, Lucy Kafanov reported earlier this week that heroin is easier to come by than a healthy meal in Pakistan.
Afghanistan’s largest cash crop is the opium poppy, a flower typically grown in dry, warm areas in the Middle Eastern region of the world. According to the report by RT, Afghanistan is responsible for 90 percent of the global supply of opium, while 40 percent of that 90 is brought through to Pakistan.
In Kafanov’s report, Pakistani men line the streets openly injecting heroin into themselves as she and her crew walk by filming. With an astounding $1.2 billion dollars of heroin revenue per year for Afghanistan, it only costs $1.50 for an average drug addict to score a hit, costing much less than a typical grocery bill.