GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The counter-narcotics police have smashed 3,060 acres of hashish in east Afghanistan's Paktia province, an official said on Sunday.
The operation against the illegal crop was launched four days ago in Zazi Aryub area, and so far 3,060 acres of hashish have been destroyed, provincial police chief Mohammad Omar Mukhlis told Xinhua.
The operations against illegal crops including hashish and poppy would continue until the province is cleared of the menace, and efforts are underway to find alternative crops for the farmers to replace illegal crops with legal ones, he added.
"Poverty has forced the farmers to cultivate hashish. The farmers would stop the cultivation of illegal crops if the government provided alternative crops, improved seeds, and fertilizer," Qasim, a local farmer, told Xinhua.
Police also destroyed some 400 acres of hashish in the provincial capital Gardez, Ahmad Abah district, and Sayed Karam district of Paktia province a few days ago.
The Afghan caretaker government has vowed to fight against illegal crops, drug production and drug trafficking until the country gets rid of the drug menace.