Les pistaches d'Afghanistan, or vert convoité des talibans

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In this photograph taken on December 31, 2014, Afghan labourers prepare pistachio seeds at a dried fruit factory in Kabul. TO GO WITH Afghanistan-unrest-economy-mining-NATO,FOCUS by Guillaume LAVALLÉE In this photograph taken on December 31, 2014, Afghan women labourers prepare pistachio seeds at a local dried fruit factory in Kabul. The Kabul government is expecting income this year of around 1.8 billion USD dollars -- less than the value of Afghanistan's opium crop, which feeds the coffers of the Taliban. Agriculture -- not including opium -- has boomed to the point where dry fruits have surpassed carpets in the country's principal exports. AFP PHOTO / Wakil KohsarAfghanistan takes pride in its world-class pistachios, but with looters harvesting the nuts well before maturity fears are growing that the Taliban and local potentates are depriving the war-battered country of much-needed export income. Pistachios are not ripe for the picking until late July, but raiders rushed the forests earlier this month and, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, illegally harvested up to 40 percent of the country's still-green crop. Lancer le diaporama
In this photograph taken on December 31, 2014, Afghan labourers prepare pistachio seeds at a dried fruit factory in Kabul. TO GO WITH Afghanistan-unrest-economy-mining-NATO,FOCUS by Guillaume LAVALLÉE In this photograph taken on December 31, 2014, Afghan women labourers prepare pistachio seeds at a local dried fruit factory in Kabul. The Kabul government is expecting income this year of around 1.8 billion USD dollars -- less than the value of Afghanistan's opium crop, which feeds the coffers of the Taliban. Agriculture -- not including opium -- has boomed to the point where dry fruits have surpassed carpets in the country's principal exports. AFP PHOTO / Wakil KohsarAfghanistan takes pride in its world-class pistachios, but with looters harvesting the nuts well before maturity fears are growing that the Taliban and local potentates are depriving the war-battered country of much-needed export income. Pistachios are not ripe for the picking until late July, but raiders rushed the forests earlier this month and, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, illegally harvested up to 40 percent of the country's still-green crop. — WAKIL KOHSAR AFP

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