There’s been a steady decline in the cultivation of opium poppy in recent years.
From 2015 to 2017, the production of poppy has decreased from 54,000 hectares to 41,000 hectares, so what’s behind this trend. . .
DVB Interview International talked to Jason Eligh from UNODC,about the increase in poppy cultivation in Burma, the role the government, military and ethnic militias play and possible solutions to the county’s drug problem.
At a remote farm about two hours away from Loikaw, capital of Karenni State, farmers scrape out raw opium from the poppies they’ve grown.
The Burma-Laos border is mostly unguarded. The terrain is rugged and hostile, where the drug trade flourishes in lawless enclaves on both sides of the river.
Burmese police hosted a drug-burning ceremony on Friday morning at a truck terminal in Hlaing Tharyar, in the western suburbs of Rangoon.
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