Price of opium triples as Taliban announces poppy ban

The Taliban has announced that its new government will halt Afghanistan’s drug trade and crack down on poppy production. The statement reportedly increased the price of raw opium in the country from approximately £50 per kg, to £150 per kg. A ban on cultivation is expected to have a huge impact on rural economies with many Afghan farmers relying on income from opium. Any resulting increases in the price of opium would be likely to cause substantial changes to the global drug trade.