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US News Peru: cocaine production on the rise, according to an American study

01:05  03 august  2020
01:05  03 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Peru ’s growth of cocaine production occurs in the central valley of the country where the coca plant grows ubiquitously throughout the rural region. According to VICE, unlike other Latin American narco-states where vertically integrated large-scale operations can control most of the cocaine supply chain

Peru ’s cocaine production has increased as the government abandoned remote areas to drug traffickers and holdout members of the Shining American anti-narcotics aid to Peru , which has a free trade agreement with the U.S., has declined from 8 million in 2002 to an estimated million this

Destruction d'une plantation de coca, le 28 octobre 2015, à Nueva Esperanza, un village isolé de la municipalité de Ciudad Constitucion en Amazonie péruvienne. © AP Photo / Rodrigo Abd Destruction of a coca plantation, October 28, 2015, in Nueva Esperanza, an isolated village in the municipality of Ciudad Constitucion in Peruvian Amazon.

Is Peru neglecting its anti-drug efforts? This is apparently the conclusion of a recent report by the American authorities which spoke of an increase last year between 35 and 40% of the coca plantations as well as the production of cocaine hydrochloride in this Andean country. These conclusions, the Peruvian authorities have just strongly rejected.

With our correspondent in Quito, Éric Samson

The American study contains "serious errors", says in a press bulletin the National Commission for Development and Drug-Free Life (Devida), a public body which determines anti-drug policy. -drug from Peru.

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Global cocaine production hit record levels in 2017 after surging by 25 percent in just a single year, a United Nations report has found. Researchers attributed the drastic rise in cocaine production to criminal groups affecting coca bush cultivation in Colombia, which accounts for 70 percent of global

‘ Cocaine production has been massively increasing’. The key reason for the boom is because According to American authorities, the cocaine that’s shipped into the U.S. comes through Mexico According to a recent report by the Guardian, hundreds of kilograms of drugs have appeared on

For the chairman of the committee, Ruben Vargas, the White House did not take into account the fact that 9,000 hectares of coca are used for traditional and therefore legal uses in Peru. "Almost six million Peruvians consume coca each year, which will therefore never turn into cocaine," Vargas adds.

In addition to what is called here "chacchar", the chewing of the coca leaf to combat fatigue and the effects of altitude in particular, Peru produces teas, biscuits, shampoos and other natural coca-based products. .

Another mistake, according to Vargas, is that Washington ignored 18,000 hectares of plantations eradicated last year. For the Peruvian official, the area in 2019 of illegal coca plantations was 53,000 hectares in Peru and not 73,000 hectares as Washington claims.

The differences between the United States and Peru also affect cocaine hydrochloride production estimates. Washington speaks of 705 tons of drugs produced last year in Peru, while Lima recognizes only 400 tons.

See also: Peru: thousands of hectares of coca leaf plantations destroyed

In Peru, the police kill three indigenous people during demonstrations .
© IQUITOS AL ROJO VIVO Evacuation of victims on the banks of the Ucayali river, Sunday. In the Amazon region, very affected by the Covid, the Kukama community is mobilizing to obtain access to healthcare. At the same time, she accuses a Canadian oil company of polluting its territory. Sunday was celebrated around the world as the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples.

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