Afghanistan (Poppy Cultivation)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 29th March 2010.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence) 2:30 pm, 29th March 2010

I thank the Minister for that response. I think there is agreement across the House that the solution will not just be a military one; it must be political and economic. On that basis, will his Department try to support the British charity POM354, which believes that the growing of pomegranates is more profitable for Afghan farmers than the growing of either wheat or opium poppies?

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