Secretary-1 attends destruction of seized narcotic drugs, precursor chemicals, poppy seeds in Namhsan
Remarkable success achieved in Shan State (South) thanks to active participation of eight peace groups


Yangon, 9 Dec - Chairman of Work Committee for Development of Border Areas and National Races Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council General Khin Nyunt, left Yangon by Tatmadaw aircraft on 8 December morning and arrived in Namhsan in Shan State.

Next, the Secretary-1 and party proceeded to Namhsan Sports Ground. The ceremony to destroy seized narcotic drugs and precursor chemicals seized in Shan State (South) and poppy seeds handed over by the local farmers was held at the sports grounds at 11 pm, attended by Secretary-1 General Khin Nyunt.

Taunggyi USDA Executive Daw Khin Thanda Oo and Daw Sanda Aung acted as masters of ceremonies. On the occasion, Commander Brig-Gen Khin Maung Myint delivered an address. He said: Today's destruction ceremony is significant in Shan State. At the ceremony, seized narcotic drugs and precursors as well as poppy seeds presented by local poppy growers on their own accord, could be incinerated.

The present ceremony was second time for destruction of poppy seeds in Shan State (South). At the first time, seized 70 baskets of poppy seeds and 480 pyis of dried poppy bulb were destroyed on 2 June 2002. Similarly, 239 baskets, 8 pyis and two cans of poppy seeds were destroyed in the respective townships. Therefore, a total of 309 baskets, 8 pyis and two cans of poppy seeds and 480 pyis of dried poppy bulb have been destroyed in Shan State (South).

The narcotic drugs elimination tasks designated as the national duty are being carried out with momentum in Myanmar. The Government laid down the two strategies for narcotic drugs elimination in Myanmar,
- to designate narcotic drug eradication and prevention as a national responsibility and to carry out this responsibility with added momentum; and
- to gradually eliminate poppy cultivation by raising the standard of living of the national races in the border areas.

The three tactics namely Supply Elimination, Demand Elimination and Law Enforcement are being employed to implement the above strategies. There are eight peace groups in the area of Shan State (South). They have been cooperating with the Government in regional development tasks since 1989 after realizing genuine good will and correct attitude of the State. In the past, poppy plantations were secretly cultivated in these areas. Although the Government eradicated illegal poppy cultivation and trafficking as the national duty, progress has been made to some extant because of the armed insurgency in these region. At present, organizations of the special regions have returned to the legal fold and are cooperating with the Government in the development tasks.

 

So, remarkable successes have been achieved in fighting against poppy cultivation and illegal production and trafficking of narcotic drugs. The local national organizations are abiding by guidance and policy of the Government and they issued notifications to effectively combat the scourge of narcotic drugs in their respective regions. Shan State Nationalities People's Liberation Organization and Pa-O National Organization issued drug elimination orders on 20 April 2002 and 8 May 2002 respectively.

During the period of year 2001, 148 drug-related cases and 240 culprits including 100.1699 kilos of opium, 0.6708 kilos of heroin, 375.7664 kilos of stimulant tablets, 0.397 litre of opium oil, 1.3909 kilos of low-grade opium, 0.1277 kilos of opium oil solid, 2,245 kilos of chemical power, 13.88 kilos of marijuana, 15.825 litres of Phencodyl, 25 litres of phensedyl were seized in Shan State (South). In 2002, 108 drug-related cases and 154 culprits involving 198.0009 kilos of opium, 6.9248 kilos of heroin, 135,472 stimulant tablets, 0.0001 kilo of opium oil solid, 150 kilos of morphine, 0.01 kilo of amphetamine, 0.003 kilo of ephedrine, 0.9272 kilo of low-grade opium, 2.211 kilo of marijuana, 1.5 litres of opium oil, 98.5 litres of phencodyl and 504 litres of chemical liquid were seized. The Government is making arrangements on opium-substitute cultivation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The educative tasks were held. And crops of seeds for opium-substitute cultivation such as paddy, maize, wheat, pigeon pea, niger, sunflower, Chinese pea, vegetables and others were distributed to local farmers. The CCDAC has spent K 5 million on opium-substitute cultivation tasks. The plan is laid down and being implemented to hand over and seize the poppy seeds in the villages with a view to ensuring elimination of poppy cultivation.

Local authorities and Drug Abuse Control Committees at different levels in Shan State, Tatmadawmen, MPF members, departmental personnel, Red Cross and Auxiliary Fire Brigade members and local people participated in the elimination of opium cultivation. So, local farmers, on their own accord, handed over poppy seeds and dry poppy bulbs to the authorities.

At the destruction ceremony, 330 baskets and one pyi of poppy seeds, five pyis of dry poppy bulbs, 6.9248 kilos of heroin, 139.4584 kilos of opium, 135,472 stimulant tablets, 2.2038 kilos of marijuana and 98.5 litres of phencodyl will be destroyed. In conclusion, the commander invited those present to test the poppy seeds handed over by local opium growers in Shan State (South) on their own accord and seized narcotic drugs and paraphernalia before the destruction ceremony. Then, the Secretary-1 and party and the national race leaders tested poppy seeds and seized narcotic drugs to be incinerated at the sports grounds.

Next, the Secretary-1, Lt-Gen Aung Htwe, Commander Brig-Gen Khin Maung Myint, the ministers and the national race leaders who returned to the legal fold took designated places and pressed the button to torch the poppy seeds, narcotic drugs and precursor chemicals. Similarly, members of USDA, social organizations and national races joyfully participated in the destruction of narcotic drugs and precursor chemicals. Afterwards, the Secretary-1 and party and the guests viewed the booths on narcotic drugs exhibited at the sports grounds.  

On the occasion, 5,281 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 8,623.873 kilos, five pyis of dry poppy bulbs weighing 2.041 kilos, 6.9248 kilos of heroin, 139.4584 kilos of opium, 2.2038 kilos of marijuana, 135,472 stimulant tablets and 68.5 litres of Phencodyl were destroyed. A total of 5,281 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 8,623.873 kilos and five pyis of dry poppy bulb were destroyed at the destruction ceremony. In this way, such quantity of seeds that would be grown on 5,282.25 acres of land (2,137.7 hectares) with the estimated yield of 23,241.9 kilos (23.242 tons) of opium or 2.32 tons of heroin have been prevented. The ceremonies to destroy narcotic drugs and precursor chemicals seized from Shan State and Kayah State and poppy seeds were organized by CCDAC several times.

A total of 50,755 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 82,882.92 kilos and 46,681 pyis of dried poppy bulb weighing 19,057.52 kilos were destroyed at the destruction ceremony in Lashio, Shan State (North), on 7 June 2002; 8,064 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 13,168.51 kilos and 672 pyis of dried poppy bulb weighing 274.34 kilos in Laukkai on 8 June 2002; 2,712.5 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 4,429.51 kilos and 35,256 pyis of dried poppy bulb weighing 14,393.26 kilos in Lashio on 25 October 2002. Similarly, altogether 425.38 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 694.65 kilos and one pyi of dried poppy bulb weighing 0.41 kilo were destroyed at the destruction ceremony in Kengtung, Shan State (East), on 5 June.

Likewise, the similar ceremony was held in Pinlaung, Shan State (South), on 2 June. Altogether 4,952.25 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 8,087.02 kilos and 480 pyis of dried poppy bulb weighing 195.96 kilos were destroyed. On 3 June, 23.44 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 38.28 kilos were destroyed in Loikaw, Kayah State. A total of 87,705.07 pyis of poppy seeds weighing 143,222.38 kilos were destroyed in Lashio, Laukkai, Kengtung, Pinlaung and Loikaw.

Such quantity of seeds that would be grown on 87,705.07 acres of poppy cultivation (35,493.755 hectares) with the estimated yield of 385,902.308 kilos of opium (385.9 tons) or 38.59 tons of heroin have been prevented.