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>> Colombia, known as the cocaine capital of the world and the country is producing more of the drug than ever before. The lands being used to cultivate the cocoa leaf has grown by 52%. That's according to the UN who's called the increase significance. It estimates 866 tons of cocaine was produced at clandestine labs across the country last year.
But the UN is hopeful that figure will reduce after a peace deal was signed with the FARC rebels who controlled much of the drug producing area. As well as handing over it's arms, the group also renounced drug trafficking as part of their demobilization deal.>> It's encouraging to start to see examples of a sustainable solution, not only in dialogue, but also in the reality of the territory.
The action centered on the illicit cultivation, meet the demand of the immediacy of the figures and also hit the black market. But if they don't lead to a lasting transformation and affected territories where communities are located, they are destined for failure due to a lack of sustainability.>> Desperate to shake off it's narco trafficking image, the government has increased the amount of cocaine it seized by 50%.
It's part of its ambitious plan to eradicate 100,000 hectares of cocoa by the end of the year. And as for the cocoa farmers, substitution agreements have been set up to stop them growing the plants.