Ecuador Destroys Fourth Coca Crop in 2012

By Dialogo
March 22, 2012



Ecuadorean Military and police personnel have destroyed a crop of 1,800 coca
bushes, the fourth so far in 2012, official sources announced on March
20.



The crop was discovered on March 19, in a jungle area of difficult access in
the locality of Sindiyacu, in the province of Orellana (in eastern Ecuador), the
Defense Ministry indicated in a statement.



The bushes were planted in an area of 2,200 square meters “in a dispersed
way, showing a lack of care and maintenance,” the report added, indicating that the
crop was affected by flooding.



This is the fourth coca crop eradicated by the Ecuadorean authorities this
year, according to government news agency Andes.



Between March 13 and 15, Soldiers destroyed 30,740 plants in the province of
Esmeraldas (in northern Ecuador), which came in addition to another four hectares in
the region of Sucumbíos (in the northeast), both on the Colombian
border.



Another 8,000 bushes were destroyed by the Army in Esmeraldas on February
25.



According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
(UNODC), published in September, coca cultivation continues to be marginal in
Ecuador, where 25 hectares were detected in 2010, compared to 61,200 and 57,000 in
neighboring Peru and Colombia, respectively.






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