These subsistance farmers need to make a living somehow and it must be paying more than apples and pomegranates. It would be very unwise to remove that source of income without providing an alternative that brought in the same or more.
Agggh someone shoot me - I am in agreement with Finks again.
However the CIA have form from Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam time so know how to manage the situation to their benefit. I also note that the Russian's aren't too chuffed that a lot of this produce is ending up on their streets.
Ah, the law of unintended consequences is alive and well;
Eradication programmes that do not provide farmers with benefits such as healthcare and education, and support growing other crops will just push the Taliban or other insurgent groups that do tolerate or encourage poppy production