|Myanmar Opium Crop on the Rise|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Oct 31, 2012, 09:07 PM|
Opium cultivation has increased in Myanmar for a sixth year straight despite so-called eradication efforts funded by the United Nations.According to the BBC, “the UN Office on Drugs and China said land used for opium had risen by 17% this year, from nearly 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) to 51,000 hectares.”
Myanmar ranks as the second largest opium grower just behind Afghanistan.
As reported by the BBC, “almost all of the opium it produces is grown in Shan and Kachin states, which have seen longstanding conflict between the military and ethnic groups.”
UNODC representative in South East Asia, Gary Lewis, said the situation on the ground was “very complex.” In regions where opium was cultivated, there was “a toxic combination of guns, money and drugs,” he said.
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