This has been reported in telegraphindia.com dated 22 February 2016.
A survey revealed that poppy was being cultivated on about 500 acres in the district and local leaders did not inform the excise department since elections are coming and they did not want to antagonize the voters. Opium is usually extracted from poppy pods in January and February and, once that is done, the plants have no value.
One kilogram of opium was sold in the open market at rates between Rs 60,000 and Rs 90,000 and, if a farmer cultivates the crop on one acre, he stands to earn at least Rs 10 lakh.
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