UNODC to present a report about Peru coca crop cultivation

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Executive President at the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (Devida) will present an annual report on the monitoring of coca cultivation in Peru on Wednesday.

 

The document, corresponding to 2014, includes data about the reduction of the coca crops in the country. This will be presented at the UNODC Lima headquarters.

 

It is based on the information collected during visits to the area and Satellite-taken images of illegal coca crops located in different zones of the country.

 

According to last year's report, Peru achieved a 17% reduction in 2013. This was possible thanks to the actions promoted by government, such as coca eradication to be later replaced by alternative products: coffee, cocoa and pineapple.

 

"In the last report, Peru showed an important reduction and we hope this trend to continue. According to last year's report, the country that reduced coca crops the most was Peru, and we expect this achievement to be repeated," he stated.

 

According to Mirella, the results obtained by Peru were the most successful in the last 14 years thanks to the eradication and alternative development promoted by the government.

 

The previous report indicated the VRAEM area (Valley formed by the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers) was the largest coca-producing area, accounting for 57,3% of the total.