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12:37 Peru aims to eradicate 30,000 hectares of coca crops in 2014
Lima, Jan. 01 (ANDINA). Peru's government has set its target for eradicating illicit coca crops in 2014 at 30,000 hectares, according to the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida).
Carmen Masias, the head of Peru
Carmen Masias, the head of Peru's anti-drug agency Devida. Photo: ANDINA/Norman Córdova

Carmen Masias, head of Devida, said this "ambitious" target was discussed and agreed upon with President Ollanta Humala, considering the successful results in 2013, when a record 23,600 hectares were eradicated across the South American country.

"The eradication [target] will be challenging this year, I have talked with the president on this issue and we thank him for setting high goals," Masias told Andina.

To that end, the Peruvian government plans to spend 60 million soles (US$ 21.5 million) on its coca eradication efforts in 2014, especially in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers – a remote jungle region known as VRAEM.

In parallel with this target, Peru also aims to facilitate the involvement of 75,000 coca growing households in alternative development and crop substitution programs.

"There is political will and the mayors are our allies because they want peace, harmony and don't want anything to do with drug trafficking, which is extremely evil and the best example of utilitarianism along with human trafficking. They [drug traffickers] want to make money by any means," Masias added.


Date: 01/01/2014

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