In Afghanistan, the Taliban bans are incessant. While hemp production is banned in the country, Taliban leader Mullah Hibetullah Akhundzade has issued a decree on the subject. According to the decree, hemp cultivation and trade is banned throughout Afghanistan, and those who do not comply with the ban will have their crops destroyed and these people will be punished.
Follow-up and enforcement of the ban will be handled by the Taliban interim government's Ministry of Interior and related institutions. After poppy, hemp stands out as one of the most sought-after products by Afghan farmers across the country.
According to the United Nations (UN) reports, in 2010 Afghanistan was the largest hemp producing country in the world.
In April last year, the use, production and trade of substances such as alcohol, heroin, drug pills and cannabis, including poppy cultivation across the country, were banned by the decision of Taliban leader Mullah Hibetullah Akhundzade, and it was reported that anyone violating the rule would be punished.
Despite the ban in April last year, poppy cultivation has increased in Afghanistan. Taliban officials and Afghan farmers stress the importance of international assistance for the full implementation of the ban.
According to the report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UODC) in November 2022, after the Taliban administration came to power, poppy cultivation increased by 32 percent in 2022 compared to the previous year.
According to the report, Afghanistan supplies 80 percent of the global opium supply.
Due to the current economic crisis and drought, field owners who do not prefer normal agricultural products on the grounds that they are "less profitable", turn to poppy and hemp, which require less water.