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Cocaine production increases
Latinamerica Press
12/13/2007
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According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, almost one third of the cocaine consumed globally comes from Peru. Last year the country produced 280 tons of cocaine, 139 tons more than in 2000 and 8 percent more than in 2005.

In 2006 the cultivation of coca leaves rose 7 percent from the previous year, and increased from 48,200 hectares (nearly 119,105 acres) to 51,400 hectares (127,021 acres). Peru is the second largest coca leaf and cocaine producer after Colombia.

Jorge Valencia Jáuregui, director of the Supply Control unit of the national anti-drug office, DEVIDA, the government division responsible for leading anti-drug policies, admitted to the newspaper La República that “there is a tendency to increase cocaine production because of demand.

For that reason we need the support of consumer countries in the fight against drugs. We can’t improve the situation alone.”

According to DEVIDA, the majority of cocaine production in Peru goes to Argentina and Brazil, where it is later transferred to Africa and then Europe.

Only 10 percent of Peruvian cocaine makes it to the United States, who offers the most support to Peru in the fight against drugs. For 2008, the US government has announced a cut in their support, amounting to approximately US$100 million annually.


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