Posted by: mulrickillion | January 2, 2012

Despite China’s Best Efforts, Poppy Production in Golden Triangle Up


By Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Economic Observer News via China Buzz, Dec 20, 2011 —

Last month we wrote about how China had invested more than 10 billion yuan to encourage farmers in northern Myanmar not to plant opium poppies in an attempt to curb the rise of the opium production on their border, it appears these efforts have been in vain.

According to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), opium cultivation in Myanmar and Laos has increased, with high prices offering farmers a better incentive to plant the illicit crop.

According to the report, despite the efforts of national governments to reduce the planting of opium, the area of opium plantations in Laos increased by 37 percent in 2011, up to 4,100 hectares from last year’s 3,000 hectares.

The area of poppy plantations in Myanmar also increased, up 14 percent from 38,100 hectares in 2010 to 43,600 hectares in 2011, according to the 2011 South-East Asia Opium Survey, published by the UNODC in cooperation with various governments in the region.

Cultivation of opium poppies, which is used to produce heroin, rose by 16 percent across the whole Southeast Asia region.

Areas of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand are the main opium cultivation areas in the region, with plantations of 47,917 hectares in 2011, almost double the 24,157 hectares planted in 2006. . . .

Despite China’s Best Efforts, Poppy Production in Golden Triangle Up – Economic Observer News- China business, politics, law, and social issues


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