Licit Opium Production: Traditional
Opium produced directly from Papaver somniferum. This is cultivation done in the traditional manner of making shallow cuts in the seed pod of the plant and then harvesting the resulting opium which oozes out.
The AREA column is the total area of land on which *Papaver somniferum* is planted. The area is given in hectares (Ha) which is equal to an square which is 100 meters on a side. It is an area roughly equlialent to three football fields or 2.5 acres. The OPIUM column represents the opium produced throughout the entire world. The units are given in metric tons. A metric ton is roughly equivilent an imperial ton: 2000 pounds. The YIELD column is the amount of opium produced per unit area. It is reported as kilograms per hectare. This is roughly equililent to a gram per square meter.