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Afghan opium price soars, new planting feared

Afghan opium price soars, new planting feared 12 Nov 2010 Afghan opium prices are soaring, prompting fear that farmers will switch to planting poppies and reverse gains in cutting output, the head of the United Nations' Afghanistan narcotics office said. [US-occupied] Afghanistan produces about 90 percent of the world's opium, used to make heroin, and prices have hit six-year highs as market speculation builds about the 2011 crop, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kabul, said.