Third destruction of seized narcotic drugs, precursor chemicals and poppy held in Lashio

82,699.75 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 135048.69 kilos destroyed in Lashio


Yangon, 26 Janó The third ceremony to destroy narcotic drugs, precursor chemicals and poppy seeds seized in Shan State (North) organized by Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control, was held at the sports ground in Lashio, Shan State (North) on 25 January, attended by Chairman of Work Committee for Development of Border Areas and National Races Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council General Khin Nyunt.

Members of Lashio Township USDA Daw Than Than Htay and Daw Shwe Aye acted as masters of ceremonies.

First, Chairman of Shan State (North) Peace and Development Council Commander of North-East Command Maj-Gen Myint Hlaing delivered a speech. He said in Shan State (North) narcotic drug elimination task was carried out with added momentum. In 2002, efforts were made for destruction of poppy bulbs and seeds before cultivation. Due to the cooperation of the people, organization of national race leaders with genuine goodwill, poppy growers handed over their poppy seeds. That leads to total elimination of growing poppy.

 

Narcotic drugs, precursor chemicals and paraphernalia including 46,681 pyis of dried poppy bulbs weighing 76,230 kilos, 50,755 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 82,883 kilos, 249 kilos of raw opium and 105 kilos of morphine were destroyed in Lashio on 7-6-2002; narcotic drugs, precursor chemicals and paraphernalia including 672 pyis of dried poppy bulbs weighing 1,097 kilos, 8,064 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 13,168 kilos, 94.71 kilos of raw opium, 124.13 kilos of stimulant tablets and 10 kilos of Ephedrine in Laukkai on 8-6-2002 and narcotic drugs, precursor chemicals and paraphernalia including 35,256 pyis of dried poppy bulbs weighing 57,573 kilos, 2,712.5 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 4,429 kilos, 44.87 kilos of heroin, 383.18 kilos of raw opium, 10.7 kilos stimulant tablets and 115 kilos of Ephedrine in Lashio on 25-10-2002 in the presence of the high-ranking officials and diplomats.

A total of 82,183.75 pyis of poppy seeds and dried poppy bulbs weighing 134,205 kilos that would be grown on over 82183 acres of land and production of 361 tons of raw opium or over 36 tons of heroin has been prevented.

Maize seeds were distributed to the farmers as opium substitute crops in accord with the guidance of the Head of State and under the arrangements of the military command, respective State Peace and Development Councils and the ministries. Distribution of high yield paddy and groundnuts including establishment of pigeon pea, soybean, tea and coffee plantations in high lands was carried out for increased income of farmers and improvement of their living standard.

Similarly, arrangements are being made for raising of pigs and layers and beekeeping  on commercial scale at central breeding farms. Distribution of techniques and pedigrees of animals to national race organizations and rural people is now under way.

At the ceremony, 92 items of narcotic drugs, precursor chemicals and paraphernalia including 516 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 842.63 kilos, 141.45 kilos of heroin, 100.85 kilos of morphine, 368.57 kilos of raw opium, 71.63 litres of opium liquid, 555.18 kilos of stimulant tablets, 204.90 kilos of Ephedrine, 32.62 kilos of Pseudo-ephedrine, 11,786 litres of chemical liquid and 842.26 kilos of chemical powder will be destroyed.

The commander assured that there is no poppy cultivation in the regions in the east of Thanlwin River in Shan State (North) due to participation of national race leaders who realized the genuine goodwill of the Head of State and implementation of the tasks with greater momentum hand in hand with the Tatmadaw and the people based on metta and cetena in the interest of the entire people. There are only a few regions in the east of Thanlwin River where poppy is grown. Continued efforts are to be made for total elimination of poppy cultivation in those regions.

He expressed thanks to the high-ranking officials and guests for attending the ceremony.  Continued efforts are to be made for total elimination of poppy cultivation in Shan State. Next, Chairman of CCDAC Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing said similar ceremonies were held on 7 June and on 25 October 2002 in Lashio respectively. It was the third time held in Lashio.

On 8 June 2002 a similar ceremony was held in Laukkai. The ceremony to destroy narcotic drugs has been held for four times in Shan State (North).

A similar ceremony was held once in Kayah State in 2002, twice in Shan State (South), once in Shan State (East) and once in Kachin State. Holding of such ceremonies is the result of active cooperation of the government, national race leaders and local people in fighting against narcotic drugs.

Myanmar has been implementing the 15-year drug elimination project. As part of the project, the New Destiny Project was undertaken in five States beginning April 2002.

Myanmar does not undertake the drug elimination task only through law enforcement channel. The Head of State laid down the strategies, tactics and methods of changing and improving morale of the local people who grow poppy, raising socio-economic life, earning increased income and providing assistance to regional development. Myanmar implemented the project in accord with these.

The commanders themselves actively participated in the project for success. According to the New Destiny Project, the respective State Peace and Development Councils made arrangements for conducting education talks on cultivation of opium substitute crops, distribution of suitable crops and animals, provision of money and other food supplies. After realizing the goodwill of the State, the poppy growers  handed over poppy seeds of their own volition.

As a result of the New Destiny Project, region-wise destruction of poppy seeds and dried poppy bulbs was held. It was a unique significant, practical effort in the history of drug elimination project. Now the poppy growers themselves realize danger and evil of narcotic drugs and their knowledge and concept have also changed.

There are altogether 82,699.75 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 135,048.69 kilos including 516 pyis of poppy seeds to be destroyed at the ceremony. Such quantity of poppy seeds that would be grown on over 82,699 acres (over 33,468 hectares) of land has been prevented.

Local people with strong belief and concept participated in poppy cultivation prevention project and anti-drug activities. Therefore, drug problem threatening the mankind will not exist on Myanma soil forever soon.

The minister called on national people to strive for total elimination of drugs including poppy cultivation in Kokang and Wa regions in 2005 under the leadership of the government.

The Secretary-1 and party, guests and national race leaders viewed the seized drugs, poppy seeds, precursor chemicals to be destroyed in the sports ground.

The Secretary-1, member of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Aung Htwe, Commander Maj-Gen Myint Hlaing, the ministers, national race leaders who returned to the legal fold took positions at the designated place and pressed the buttons to set fire to the drugs.

USDA members, social organizations members, students and local people took part in the destruction.

The drugs destroyed at the ceremony were 842.63 kilos of poppy seeds, 141.45938 kilos of heroin, 368.57609 kilos of raw opium, 100.85 kilos of morphine powder, 555.1893 kilos of stimulant tablets, 2.14847 kilos of opium oil solid, 71.63 litres of opium liquid, 6.72907 kilos of law-grade opium, 22.7 litres of sulphuric acid, 460 litres of ethyl alcohol, 54.4 litres of acetic anhydride, 90.8 litres of acetone liquid, 32 litres of phosphorus acid, five kilos of sodium chloride, 450 kilos of sodium carbonate, 107 kilos of ammonium chloric, 5,502 litres of Lysol, 24 litres of hydrochloric acid, 1,216 litres of ebar, 32.62 kilos of budi ephedrine, 204.9 kilos of ephedrine powder, six kilos of fragrance powder, 40.7586 kilos of opium sediment, 40 litres mixture of opium and Lysol, 458.9 litres mixture of raw opium and acid, two litres mixture of acid and morphine, 3,295 litres mixture of acid and alcohol and other paraphernalia.

At the ceremony, 516 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 842.63 kilos were destroyed. In this way, such quantities of seeds that would be grown over 526 acres of land or 208.82 hectare of land and production of opium 2,270.4 kilos (2.27 tons) or 227.04 kilos of heroin (0.227 ton) have been prevented.