Laos farmers urged to grow vine instead of opium

GrapevineA new project to encourage opium poppy farmers to instead grow a species of vine is underway in Laos in collaboration with China, main buyer of that promising commercial line, the Vietiane Times reported. In this effort work the government of the affected Oudomxay province and its Office of Drug Control and Lao-China Agriculture Testing Techniques Center.

The authorities of the territory initially authorised farmers planting about 250 acres of vine, a shrub from which oil is extracted and which first crop was exported to the neighbouring country. The areas allowed for cultivation expanded to 5,000 hectares, after negotiations between the provincial governor and senior officials from Yunnan.

The Director of the Technical Center, Sonesouphan Songcherphaseuth, said that the initiative is not only for opium poppy farmers, but also general people who want to plant it.

Laos expectations focus in that once opium farmers find sustainable work outside the illicit industry, this activity gradually disappears. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2012 that the fields of poppy capsules, from which the drug is extracted, increased when it was believed that in 2006 the country had practically got rid of them. According to a specialised source, the crop increased to 6,800 in 2012, of about 1,000 hectares existing in 2008.



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A new project to encourage opium poppy farmers to instead grow a species of vine is underway in Laos in collaboration with China, main buyer of that promising commercial line, the Vietiane Times reported. In this effort work the government of the affected Oudomxay province and its Office of Drug Control and Lao-China Agriculture Testing Techniques Center. The authorities of the territory initially authorised farmers planting about 250 acres of vine, a shrub from which oil is extracted and which first crop was exported to the neighbouring country. The areas allowed for cultivation expanded to 5,000 hectares, after negotiations between...

GrapevineA new project to encourage opium poppy farmers to instead grow a species of vine is underway in Laos in collaboration with China, main buyer of that promising commercial line, the Vietiane Times reported. In this effort work the government of the affected Oudomxay province and its Office of Drug Control and Lao-China Agriculture Testing Techniques Center.

The authorities of the territory initially authorised farmers planting about 250 acres of vine, a shrub from which oil is extracted and which first crop was exported to the neighbouring country. The areas allowed for cultivation expanded to 5,000 hectares, after negotiations between the provincial governor and senior officials from Yunnan.

The Director of the Technical Center, Sonesouphan Songcherphaseuth, said that the initiative is not only for opium poppy farmers, but also general people who want to plant it.

Laos expectations focus in that once opium farmers find sustainable work outside the illicit industry, this activity gradually disappears. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2012 that the fields of poppy capsules, from which the drug is extracted, increased when it was believed that in 2006 the country had practically got rid of them. According to a specialised source, the crop increased to 6,800 in 2012, of about 1,000 hectares existing in 2008.



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