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Anti-drugs Campaign Extended by Five Years

3 April 2014

Burma is set to continue its drug elimination plan for five more years from 2014 to 2019, picking up the momentum from the last 15-year plan, reports China’s Xinhua news agency. According to an announcement by the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC), the new five-year drug eradication plan will start in 51 townships across the country. The scheme will also stress the need to adopt a strategy that can create job opportunities for locals and to consider private sector investment in northeastern Shan State, where 90 percent of opium poppy cultivation occurs. In 2013, the authorities destroyed more than 12,700 hectares of poppy fields, accounting for 20 percent of the total of 507,800 hectares grown across the country.