border review | 15 January 2012

Poppy Production in Golden Triangle

Souksakhone Vaenkeo for The Economic Observer:

According to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), opium cultivation in Myanmar and Laos has increased, with high prices offering farmers a better incentive to plant the illicit crop.

According to the report, despite the efforts of national governments to reduce the planting of opium, the area of opium plantations in Laos increased by 37 percent in 2011, up to 4,100 hectares from last year’s 3,000 hectares.

Interesting development against the background of all the Chinese efforts and investments to turn these opium farmers into producers of rubber (see, for example, the work of Antonella Diana here and here)