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UN report: Opium cultivation rising in Burma

Opium growing has increased in Burma for a sixth year running despite eradication efforts, according to a UN report.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime said land used for opium had risen by 17% this year, from nearly 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) to 51,000 hectares.

Burma is the second largest opium grower in the world after Afghanistan.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime's representative in South East Asia, Gary Lewis, said that the UN was encouraged by Burma's progress on drug control but that there was "no quick fix" in tackling opium production.

  • 31 Oct 2012