Peru: Over 6,000 families benefit from alternative crops in Puno

13:03 | Puno (Puno region), Apr. 19.

Coca growing areas in southern Puno region have been reduced significantly, and local farmers currently opt for economic activities linked to alternative development, State-run National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) Zonal Office Head Juan Luna informed.

According to Luna, Devida has been fostering alternative development projects oriented to the cultivation of coffee, cacao, and fruit trees in San Gaban and Sandia valleys.

"Production chains have been implemented in processing, added value generation, and commercialization. Therefore, local and regional consumption of coffee and cacao has increased," he affirmed. 

Within this framework, Devida will invest S/27.114 million (about US$ US$8.428 million) this year to continue boosting alternative development.

It must be noted projects will be implemented by municipalities of San Pedro de Putina Punco, San Juan del Oro, Yanahuaya, Alto Inambari, Quiaca, San Gaban, and Ayapata.

On the other hand, Luna expressed his concern over the difficult control of illicit crops.

In this regard, he noted Puno region's jungle area is being invaded by farmers from other regions, who are engaged in coca cultivation.

"90% of coca leaf production volume ends up in the hands of drug traffickers, and only 10% is destined for traditional activities," he noted.

The official added coca-growing area has been reduced in San Gaban Valley, but not in Sandia Valley. The latter is located near the border with Bolivia and Brazil.


Published: 4/19/2018
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