Afghan Officials Hope Tea Farms Will Replace Poppy
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
April 12, 2009
KUNAR (RFE/RL) -- Farmers in Afghanistan's Kunar
Province planted thousands of tea plants on April 10,
with the local authorities' hope that the crop might
gradually replace poppy production, Radio Free
Officials in the eastern province, which used to be
known as a tea-producing region, told Radio Free
Afghanistan that the plants were imported from
Pakistan and China.
Local officials say they are hopeful that tea
farming will regain its roots in the region and spread
around the country.
Tea is very popular in Afghanistan and the