Opium Cultivation Stabilizes for First Time Since 2006

08 December 2014
In the media

Opium cultivation in Burma stabilized in 2014 and the area under poppy remained roughly the same as last year, marking the first time since 2006 that cultivation did not expand, a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday.

Kramer, who works with the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute, said drug elimination policies in Burma and in the region had further contributed to the drug problems as these have been “deadline-oriented” and repressive, and failed to prioritize socio-economic development of poppy-growing areas.

“We have been promoting a ‘development-led approach,’ the government has taken this up on a policy level, but there now needs to be a strategic plan,” Kramer said, adding that authorities were open to begin consultations with poppy farmers to gain a better understanding of how to stem production and provide alternative livelihood options.