Posted on July 7, 2017 10:18 am
Categories: Drugs

Fighting Illicit Crops: Across Colombia, Some 75K Families Will Take Part in $800M Coca Crop Substitution Program (E)

The first five months of the coca substitution program launched as part of Colombia’s peace process with the FARC guerrilla group has seen over 75,000 families agree to eradicate more than 79,000 hectares of coca crops.

According to a new report by the Ideas for Peace Foundation (FIP), the first stages of the government’s National Integrated Substitution of Crops of Illicit Use Program (PNIS) has seen the signing of 29 collective agreements for voluntary coca eradication and substation in coca growing communities in 13 departments.

The number of families participating in the program is expected to rise, and could eventually reach 132,774 families responsible for 118,504 hectares of coca, according to government projections. James Bargent. Colombia Reports