Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 11 February 2009.

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Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development 11:30, 11 February 2009

Progress is being made on promoting legal crop growing in Afghanistan. The number of poppy-free provinces has increased from three in 2006 to 13 in 2007, and to 18 in 2008. Poppy cultivation fell in 2008 by 19 per cent. across Afghanistan, and the percentage of agricultural land devoted to poppy growing has fallen to just 2 per cent.