By Paul Anderson
The man heading Afghanistan's campaign against drugs production has called for more funds to support cash crop alternatives for the country's farmers.
Afghanistan produces 87% of world opium, the UN says
Counter narcotics minister Habibullah Qaderi wants incentives to help wean farmers off poppy and onto other crops.
According to UN statistics, poppy cultivation now accounts for 60% of Afghanistan's economic activity.
Experts have warned that after emerging from nearly 25 years of war Afghanistan could become a "narcocriminal" state.
Drugs, in particular the production of opium and heroin, is fast becoming the biggest priority for Afghanistan's leaders.
After he was sworn in late last year, President Karzai declared a holy war against drugs.
Habibullah Qaderi is the man who he has appointed to work out the tactics.
Mr Qaderi believes, in the short-term at least, that subsidies and incentives to persuade farmers off poppy and onto other cash crops, like wheat and cotton, are the answer.
Afghanistan accounts for almost 90% of the world's consumption of heroin and opium.
It is a natural location for growing poppy, which needs little water and can survive in rough terrain.
And, with some poppy growers earning around $1,500 a month, compared to the $100 or so they would get cultivating conventional crops, it is easy to see why they turn to it.
The effort to wean them off is international, and now a much bigger priority for the Americans than it was before.
They and the British have pledged tens of millions of dollars to eradicate poppy cultivation.
On Wednesday, the British minister for international development, Hilary Benn, had talks with President Karzai, during which he, too, emphasised the need to stimulate cash crop alternatives.