By Mike LaSusa for InSight Crime. Anti-drug authorities in Peru eradicated a record amount of coca in 2015, but this achievement is unlikely to have a major impact on the regional drug trade.
Peru’s National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs, known by its Spanish acronym Devida, announced this week that the government had surpassed its goal of eradicating 35,000 hectares of coca crops by the end of 2015. According to Devida president Alberto Otarola Peñaranda, this amount of eradicated coca is “unprecedented in the country’s history.”
Eradication rates in Peru have been steadily increasing, from around 10,000 hectares per year earlier in the decade to nearly 30,000 hectares last year, local media reported. Devida cited statistics showing more than 109,000 hectares have been destroyed since 2011, with 60 percent of that total having been eradicated in the past two years.