Peru’s coca crops still on the rise, says UN study

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>Cultivation of coca crops have increased for the sixth consecutive year, according to a study carried out by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Coca cultivation in Peru, >the study said, reached 62,500 hectares in 2011, up from 61,200 hectares in 2010.

>UNODC spokesperson Flavio Mirella >told BBC news that some Peruvian coca farmers had as much as doubled coca crops along the borders with Brazil and Bolivia.

"If you were to load all of that coca leaf onto trucks, you would require 10,000 lorries with the capacity of 12 metric tones. That’s a large amount of coca going straight to drug trafficking," Mirella was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Following the release of the UN’s study, the Peruvian government said it is on track to eradicate 14,000 hectares of coca crops this year, as part of its five-year anti-drug strategy.

The new figures place Peru as the second largest producer of coca leaf in the world, slightly behind Colombia, and ahead of Bolivia.

Cultivation of coca crops have increased for the sixth consecutive year, according to a study carried out by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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