A cannabis resin farmer in Afghanistan is able to earn over $1,500 in extra revenue for each hectare of farmland when compared to growing opium. According to a media report in the Guardian, growing cannabis resin requires less weeding and easier to harvest than opium .
In 2012, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated 1,400 tonnes of commercial cannabis resin was harvested in Afghanistan. The value of the crop was around $65 Million.
Opium farming in Afghanistan takes up more than 10 times the land in the country that is growing cannabis.
Afghanistan provides 90 percent of the world’s opium supply.
Source: Emma Graham-Harrison, “Afghanistan’s cannabis production rises,” Guardian, September 10, 2013.