Peasants from Cauca, Putumayo, Nariño, and Meta have recently clashed with the Army. The public force arrived at dozens of coca plantations, equipment in hand, to forcefully eradicate them. The peasants, as expected, have prevented it from happening. The magazine Pacifista! interviewed Eduardo Díaz, charged by the government with the implementation of a illicit crops substitution plan, about the government's relationship with the growers, about FARC responsibility in increasing the crops and on the position of Colombia before the Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Pacifista!
The National Program for the Substitution of Crops for Illicit Use, known by its initials PNIS, was announced in Havana on January 27. The program, with the ambitious goal of replacing crops in 50,000 hectares planted, will function according to a structure composed of delegates from peasant communities, citizen monitors, FARC-EP members in transition to civilian life and government officials national. Marcha Patriótica
The Colombian government hopes to voluntarily replace 50,000 hectares of illicit crops this year. "These substitution processes begin the transformation of the regions. Agreements for voluntary substitution allow us to take the first step in strengthening institutional presence," said Eduardo Diaz Uribe, director for Comprehensive Care on the Fight Against Drugs. Telesur