Issue 29 | January 5, 2012
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Opium cultivation and production in South-East Asia give cause for concern

15 December 2011 -The 2011 South-East Asia Opium Survey launched today in Bangkok by UNODC points to "significant increases" in opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar and the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR).

"The high prices for opium in the Lao DPR and Thailand, as well as steep price increases in Myanmar, are making production attractive to farmers", said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, calling for the creation of alternative livelihoods to wean farmers off opium poppy cultivation. [Read More]


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