Photo: Coca Production Decreases, Bolivia
The cultivation of coca bushes in Bolivia decreased by around 12 per cent in 2011, according to a new survey released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The annual survey, jointly produced by UNODC and the Bolivian Government, found that the area under cultivation reached around 27,200 hectares last year, compared to 31,000 in 2010, marking the end of three years of high levels of cultivation of the bush, which is the raw material for the manufacture of cocaine.
In a news release, UNODC Representative in Bolivia, Cesar Guedes, welcomed this positive trend and thanked the Government for its drug control efforts. In 2011, the Government eradicated coca crop from 10,500 hectares, up 28 per cent over the 8,200 hectares cleared in 2010.
Despite lower production, the market value of coca leaf rose to $353 million in 2011, up from $310 million in 2010. This represents 1.5 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 15.3 per cent of the GDP value of the agricultural sector.