September 23, 2017

Cultivation and production of opium decreases for two consecutive years

In this file photo, members of local battalion and people in eastern Shan State destroyed poppy plants. Photo: Ah Byay
In this file photo, members of local battalion and people in eastern Shan State destroyed poppy plants. Photo: Ah Byay

THE Myanmar government has announced that the cultivation and production of opium in Myanmar has dropped for two consecutive years.
According to statistics from the UNODC, the cultivation of opium dropped from 57,800 hectares in 2013 to 57,600 hectares in 2014 and production slipped from 870 metric tons to 670 metric tons during the same period.
In 2015 the cultivation of opium continued to decrease to 55,500 hectares and production went down to 647 metric tons.
The decrease was due to cooperation among the Central Committee for Drug Control and Elimination, different levels of administrative bodies, armed ethnic groups,
international organisations and civil society organisations.

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