Coca Cultivation Reduced by 13% in 2010, According to Colombian Government

By Dialogo
May 10, 2011

In 2010, Colombia reduced the area planted with illicit coca crops by 13% and cocaine production by 12%, Colombian Interior Minister Germán Vargas affirmed on 5 May, citing a UN report about to be made public.

“The area planted with coca crops was reduced by 13%, and production by 12%. The UN indicates that the Colombian government’s efforts have been successful,” Vargas affirmed, revealing data from the 2010 annual monitoring report on coca cultivation in Colombia by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“According to the report, 59,000 hectares planted with coca were calculated for last year, meaning 13% less than 2009 production,” the official added, after indicating that according to advance information from the report obtained by his office, cultivation was concentrated in the departments of Nariño, Cauca, Guaviare (southern Colombia), and Bolívar (northern Colombia).

“The continuous and ongoing efforts of the police and the military, forging greater territorial control, have led to the progressive elimination of illicit cultivation and the seizure of tons of cocaine, and in general, to the demoralization of all the links that make up the drug-trafficking chain,” he concluded.

Vargas emphasized that the report’s conclusions will be presented by Juan Manuel Santos’s administration next week, in the framework of the G8 summit in Paris, as an argument for demanding greater cooperation from the industrialized countries in the fight against drug trafficking.

According to a report by the UN International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Colombia is still “the world’s largest producer of cocaine,” with 410 tons in 2009, equivalent to more than 30% of the world total, estimated by the UN at between 842 and 1,111 tons a year.