Afghanistan

Requested by Sean

Afghan Fact 1 (Oct. 29–Nov. 4, 2006)

4.2% of Afghanistan is irrigated, but only 0.21% of land is farmed permanently.  Most of that is opium.

Afghan Fact 2 (Nov. 5–Nov. 11, 2006)

Afghanistan’s most common natural disasters are earthquakes, floods, and droughts.  They need to find a happy medium.

Afghan Fact 3 (Nov. 12–Nov. 18, 2006)

Afghanistan is the world’s leading producer of opium.  If all of the opium were able to be processed the country could produce 648 metric tons (714.3 tons) of heroin annually.

Afghan Fact 4 (Nov. 19–Nov. 25, 2006)

Afghanistan’s major export partners are India, Pakistan, the United States, the Netherlands, and Tajikistan.

Afghan Fact 5 (Nov. 26–Dec. 2, 2006)

Afghanistan is 4.5 hours off of GMT, one of 7 countries (i.e., not counting St. John’s, Canada) that has a half hour modifier.