Tatmadaw, people destroy illegally-grown poppy plantations

 

 

 

 

 











The State Peace and Development Council is resolved to eradicate narcotic drugs as national duty. With the management of the local military commands, the combined teams comprising members of local intelligence units, Myanmar Police Force and local people have been destroying poppy plantations illegally grown in remote areas of Shan State and Kayah State beginning September 2000.
 

From 9 December 2000 to 5 January 2001, a total of 105 acres of poppy plantations in Pinlaung Township, 85 acres in Nyaungshwe Township, 120.7 acres in Monai Township, 4 acres in Loilem Township, 152.27 acres in Hopong Township and 9 acres in Phekhon Township of Shan State (South), 816.96 acres in Muse Township, 374.8 acres in Kutkai Township, 38 acres in Namkham Township and 78 acres in Mangtung Township of Shan State (North) and 141 acres in Loikaw Township of Kayah State totalling 1,924.63 were destroyed. During the opium growing season in 2000-2001, poppy plantations illegally grown in Myanmar' 582.1 acres in Pinlaung Township, 433 acres in Phekhon Township, 174.92 acres in Monai Township, 557.5 acres in Loilem Township, 152.27 acres in Hopong Township, 102.41 acres in Nyaungshwe Township, 54 acres in Mongshu Township, 155 acres in Leikha Township, 46.5 acres in Mongpang Township and 311.5 acres in Hsihseng Township of Shan State (South), 855.6 acres in Muse Township, 374.8 acres in Kutkai Township, 38 acres in Namkham Township and 78 acres in Mangtung Township and 141 acres in Loikaw Township of Kayah State have been destroyed.opium dried milky juice of unripe seedpods of the opium poppy (Papavera somniferum).

        

The chief constituents of opium are the alkaloids CODEINE, papaverine, noscapine, and MORPHINE, from which HEROIN is synthesized. Opium is grown worldwide; despite international laws and agreements to control its use, an illicit opium traffic persists.