Afghans Try To Cultivate Perfume Crops Instead of Poppies {The 5th Sense in the News}

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Trying to break the cycle of financially rewarding poppies crops in Afghanistan, in demand in the heroin trade, proves a challenging task. A local entrepreneur and distiller Shafiq Azizi attempts to replace poppies with roses cultivated for their perfume and fails, for the moment being......

"For the past several years, a group of Afghan and foreign businessmen has been trying to offer an alternative, by urging farmers to grow flowers for perfume instead of for drugs. But it has been a frustrating and costly project."

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