Video: Bolivia Begins Coca Eradication Program part of Bolivia's coca production drops

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Santa Cruz : Bolivia | over 1 year ago
The area used for cultivation of coca in the South American country is down by 12%, according to a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. This is the first such drop since President...
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Bolivia Begins Coca Eradication Program

President Evo Morales' administration begins a coca eradication program in Bolivia's Los Yungas region. Bolivia is the world's third largest cocaine producer after Colombia and Peru. Bolivian police tore up coca plants in the coca-growing region of Los Yungas on Tuesday. President Evo Morales' administration looks to control cocaine production in the South America nation. Morales has pledged zero tolerance for drug trafficking, but will try to encourage other uses of coca. Coca is a leaf used traditionally in Bolivia in everything from teas to religious rites. Critics say Morales' power base in the coca-growing sector has provided growers too much leverage. They say this has led to a rapid increase in cocaine production. But Morales and his administration say the new eradication plan is a joint effort between growers and the government. [Sacha Llorenti, Government Minister] "A new phase of coca rationing has begun. Also, it's the first time we've done it in this part of the country. Our struggle against drug trafficking and our struggle to ration coca production are coming together." The annual UN report showed a slight rise in land dedicated to coca growing. But more drug trafficking than the year before. Experts in Bolivia say the rise is due to new technology. Coca leaves are being processed into cocaine more quickly. Coca farmer Pedro Laura says he doesn't have a problem with the eradication. But he wants compensation from the government. [Pedro Laura, Coca Farmer] "I <b>...</b>
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