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

The hon. Gentleman is right to point out the challenges faced in Helmand province in allowing farmers to make the transition from poppy growing to legal crop growing, such as wheat. That is why our comprehensive approach involves greater security and enforcement of the rule of law. It is a matter of improving infrastructure, developing rural enterprise with micro-credit schemes and, importantly for farmers, allowing the freedom of movement of crops.