Afghanistan flour trebles in price
By: Nick Paton Walsh
Channel 4 News (UK)
May 26, 2008
In Afghanistan the cost of flour trebles in the space of months.
Food prices have been soaring around the world, but this is one of the worst affected places.
Pakistan has cut off grain supplies to the country, and local bakers fear their businesses won’t survive.
But one curious side-effect of the crisis is that farmers can now make so much money from wheat, they’ve stopped growing opium. That’s angered the Taliban, who use the poppy’s crop as a major source of cash.