Latest Coca eradication Stories

2008-09-03 09:30:00

Coca leaf production in the South American Andean nations is booming, thanks in part to a steep rise in cocaine demand from Brazil, local officials say. The supply of Andean cocaine now exceeds that of the earlier industry boom in the 1990s despite billions of dollars in U.S. anti-drug money funneled to Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Poor farmers say they can't make ends meet by raising oranges or coffee, and so are turning to increased coca production,...

2007-03-06 18:00:00

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Cuban scientists are studying the possible medicial benefits of the coca leaf, a Bolivian official said Tuesday, signaling a possible expansion of President Evo Morales' plans to develop more legal products from a plant that is the chief ingredient of cocaine. Felix Barra, minister of coca and alternative development, told Bolivian radio the Cubans have visited growing areas and would later go to research centers "to examine the benefits of the coca leaf from a...

2006-03-01 16:00:00

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON -- Increased political clout of coca growers in Bolivia and Peru has farmers growing more coca in a trend that is causing concern in Washington, the U.S. State Department said in a report on Wednesday. The influence of coca growing associations, known as cocaleros, was greatest in Bolivia, where coca association founder and farmer Evo Morales won the presidency in December. "We are concerned about the inability thus far of Bolivia's new president to articulate...

2006-02-22 21:48:48

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - A Bolivian senator, a close ally of President Evo Morales known for her raucous chanting of "Long live coca, Death to the Yankees!," said on Wednesday the United States had canceled her entry visa. Leonilda Zurita, who is seen as one of the leftist president's closest confidantes, told local media U.S. consular officials had told her she was considered a terrorist, something she dubbed "an offense against Bolivian women." Zurita, from the region of Chapare...

2006-02-19 12:50:00

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday he had found common ground with the United States in less than a month as president -- even on the sensitive issue of drugs policy. Morales, a coca farmer who described his movement as a "nightmare for the U.S." while campaigning, was speaking a day after meeting Washington's ambassador to Bolivia -- the world's third-biggest cocaine producer after Colombia and Peru. "With the ambassador of the United States we...

2006-02-11 18:30:30

By Mario Roque COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales urged his coca farmer allies on Saturday to respect limits on cultivation, saying that was the best way to fight cocaine trafficking and support his government. Standing in front of a banner reading "Long live coca, Death to the Yankees," Morales told a congress of coca growers that sticking to the plot each family is allowed to grow would "stop the U.S. talking badly about us." "(Planting only) a 'cato'...

2006-02-08 17:01:09

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Washington's ambassador to Bolivia suggested on Wednesday that the eradication of coca plants must continue if the South American country is to keep receiving millions of dollars in U.S. aid. Speaking after his first meeting with Bolivia's new drugs czar -- himself a coca farmer -- David Greenlee said their "very positive" talks centered on cutting coca cultivation in Bolivia -- the world's third-biggest cocaine producer after Colombia and...

2006-01-22 14:53:40

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Leftist coca grower leader Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as the first indigenous president of Bolivia with high expectations of a better life for the poor majority in one of Latin America's most volatile countries. The latest in a string of leftists to sweep to power in the region in a backlash against U.S.-backed free-market policies, Morales won 54 percent of the vote on December 18, the biggest landslide since the return to...

2006-01-20 20:29:46

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels planted landmines that killed four peasants, including a child, earlier this month in a farming community near a coca eradication project, Vice President Francisco Santos said on Friday. The mines, which badly injured four other people outside the town of Vista Hermosa, were meant to impede the advance of police involved in clearing crops used to make cocaine from La Macarena National Park, the first anti-coca program carried out in a...

2006-01-11 14:22:06

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Bolivia's President-elect Evo Morales forgave the United States for past humiliations on Wednesday and welcomed dialogue with Washington, which has criticized him for rejecting U.S. anti-drug policies. Morales, a former coca leaf farmer, told reporters during a two-day trip to South Africa he hoped dialogue with the United States would lead to peace and social justice. "I want to say here from South Africa to the state department of the U.S. ... any dialogue that...

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