coffee will lose land if the fight against drug trafficking and rebels isn’t won or kept fighting warned the people of the sectors.
currently the seventh major coffee producer in the world, it has militarized
various places called valle del rio in Apurimac-Ene against Sendero Lumninoso
attacks, a group defined by the U.S as ‘terrorists’, and who killed 13
policemen last December. After Columbia, Peru is the second major cocaine producer in the world, that is
elaborated with the coca leaf. The valle del Rio in Apurimac is surrounded by neighboring
regions that survive thanks to their coca leaf cultivations.
actions of the Sendero Luminoso has intensified more due to the elections of
April 9th. “We have to fight against them, but it worries us the
advance of the terrorist group and other rebels, we see them and we feel their pressure,
and their intrusion on the cultivating of our legal products”. Said Perdo
Pineda, a coffee producer in the valley. The coffee growers in the zone receive
14 cents per dollar for a kilo of coffee while the cocaine producers receive 89
cents per can of 2 kilos of cocaine.
closed last year with a total production of 4,7 million sacks if 46 kilos,
which has doubled since 1990’s. The export of Peruvian coffee principally to Germany
and the United States, would add up a total of 380 million dollars for the year of 2005.