Peru seeks to reduce illegal coca production by 30 percent in the next five years as it steps up eradication of the crop, the government said.
The government is targeting the eradication of 110,000 hectares (271,816 acres) of coca bushes by 2016, the Andean nation’s drug control agency known as Devida said in an e-mailed statement today. Seizures of chemicals used to convert coca leaves into cocaine will rise to 3,500 metric tons from 1,500 metric tons this year, it said.
Rising production in Peru has seen the country match Colombia as the world’s biggest supplier of the leaf. Each country produces about 40 percent of the world’s coca, according to a United Nations report last year.
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