THE NARCOTICS MONITOR

Created: 4/7/1997

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DCI Crime and Narcotics Center

The Narcotics Monitor

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region, is infectedamaginghe fungus is recurring and will require extensive crop spraying, which would be marginally cost effective only if banana fields were consolidated in clusters.

Coca farmers will likely view the fungus damage on the banana crop and expensive countcrmeasuresajor drawback to efforts to shift to any alternative crop. In addition, Ihe price of coca leaf is currently stabilizedeveligh return to the farmers, making alternative crops even less attractive. (" " i

To generate more interest in legitimate crops, the government must aggressively enforce current laws that dictate arrests of farmers involved in the planting of new coca fields.

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