The produce on display was of fruit, vegetables and some livestock, that was suited to farming in eight poppy cultivating provinces. The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation said the alternate poppy cultivation project has been implemented in a number of provinces for the past year in a bid to reduce the level of poppy cultivation. According to the Ministry the project has been rolled out in Uruzgan, Farah, Badghis, Nangarhar, Balkh and Panjshir provinces. “Its effects have actually been noticed. In Uruzgan things have already changed. I have spoken with Uruzgan people and they have benefited by changing their land from poppy fields to agricultural farming and also meeting the needs of the people of Uruzgan,” said the minister Nasir Ahmad Durani. He said farmers in these provinces will be given some assistance in order to convert their land to agricultural farms. Durani also said the program has resulted in a drop in poppy fields in the respective provinces. The Minister of Counter-Narcotics, Salamat Azimi, meanwhile said the program has been rolled out in provinces that have the highest number of poppy fields. Azimi said government is there to help Afghanistan eradicate poppy cultivation. Farmers Display ‘Alternate Poppy Crops’ At Kabul Expo | TOLOnews We tried this some 20 years ago and it didn't work as there was too much money to be made.