The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that opium farmers in Afghanistan earned $1.4 Billion from harvesting the crop. The amount earned by the opium farmers was roughly 9 percent of Afghanistan’s GDP.
The total value of the opium production industry in Afghanistan is estimated to be $2.4 Billion, 15 percent of the country’s GDP.
Poppy cultivation took up over 131,000 hectares in 2011, an increase of 7 percent from 2010. From the available farm land, harvesters were able to cultivated 5.800 metric tons of opium in 2011, an increase of 61 percent from the 3,600 metric tons of opium in 2010.
Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world’s opium supply.
Source: “Afghan opium prices soar as production rises”, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, January 12, 2012.