Main input of cocaine
LIMA – Peru has set a goal to eradicate this year a total of 14,000 hectares of coca, the main ingredient of cocaine, announced today the Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza.
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A day after meeting an official report indicated that coca cultivation in Peru increased by 5% in 2011, Pedraza said so far is "on the 10,500 hectares eradicated" in 2013 and will continue with these tasks with support from the Government of the United States.
He also said that the eradication of illegal coca leaf has been increasing in recent years, and in 2008 it involved 8,000 hectares, while in 2011 about 11,000.
Crops increased in 2011
Coca cultivation in Peru increased by 5% in 2011, reaching 62.500 hectares, behind only the 64,000 hectares in Colombia, according to a report by the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) and the Office United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Peru and Ecuador (UNODC).
Pedraza said today that the Peruvian government's counternarcotics policy also includes an increase in the budget of the sector by the Executive and strengthening interdiction actions, control inputs and implementation of social programs.
The minister presented today to the canine drug unit, comprised of 15 dogs that will strengthen control in the Lima International Airport, the main air terminal.
Furthermore, the control inputs for the development of drugs will be improved with the acquisition of three scanners, worth 11 million soles (about $ 4 million), which will supervise the loading of trucks in growing areas of leaf coca.
In addition, the National Superintendency of Tax Administration (Sunat) oversee chemical inputs for drugs with electronic monitoring and GPS, Pedraza said.
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