MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Mexico’s poppy harvest, the flower from which opium gum is used to make heroin, grew 12% from July 2019 to June 2020 compared to the same period, according to a report presented Thursday by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime. Office (UNODC) and the Mexican Govt.
UNODC estimates that 24,100 hectares were cultivated during that period in the remote and inaccessible regions known as Guerrero and Oaxaca (in the south), Nayarit, (west) and the northwestern region of the country. Golden Triangle. And it is spread between the states of Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Durango.
all this farming is illegal in country.
Despite the increase, it is still below the 30,600 hectares estimated for the latest monitoring 2016-2017 period, the report said, although the downward trend has been broken. that was there since
Growers in the Sierra de Guerrero have indicated since 2019 that the price paid by drug cartels for opium gum has fallen in recent years due to a boom in synthetic drugs. Income, planting continued.
The UN report does not give an explanation for the increase in cultivation, but does indicate that the number of hectares destroyed by the Mexican Armed Forces has not decreased since 2017. There were about 30,000 that year while in 2020 they did not reach 11,800, the lowest amount since 2014, the first period included. in the current document.