Poppy plantation destroyed


plantation destroyed


18 March – Members of local intelligence unit and Myanmar Police Force on 21 and

22 February destroyed 5.5 acres of poppy plantation in Kyauklongyi Village in

Momeik Township, Shan State (North). A total of 7,181.73 acres of poppy

plantation have been destroyed in this poppy cultivation season.

68 acres of

poppy plantations destroyed in Phakant township


15 March – A combined team comprising local Tatmadawmen, intelligence unit,

members of Myanmar Police Force and Kachin State Special Region (2),

departmental personnel and local people searched and destroyed 14 poppy

plantations (68 acres of poppy cultivation) around the area between Sanpe Creek

and Dukho Creek in Phakannt Township, Kachin State, from 25 to 28 February.

Up to now in this poppy

cultivation season, a total of 7071.60 acres of poppy plantations have been

destroyed, it is learnt.


meeting to build Youth Nurturing Unit held    


11 March – Under the arrangement of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse

Control, the preliminary meeting to build Youth Nurturing Unit in Tima Village,

Namh-un Village-tract, Muse Township, was held at the meeting hall of the

Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday afternoon. Present were Chairman of CCDAC

Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing, Deputy Minister Brig-Gen Phone Swe and

officials of the Health Department, the Social Welfare Department, the Livestock

Breeding and Veterinary Department, Myanma Agriculture Service, the Technical

and Vocational Education Department, the Progress of Border Areas and National

Races Department and Myanmar Police Force.

Speaking on the occasion, the

minister said that there exists a large number of drug addicts in Shan State

(North) area according to the current data. This is why drug addict treatment

hospitals and clinics are required in the region. Shan State (North) Additional

Police Force Commander Police Col Win Naing and party supervised land

preparation tasks in Tima Village. On 4 March morning, Deputy Commander Brig-Gen

Hla Myint of North-East Command and the Deputy Director-General of MPF drove

stakes for construction of the unit.

Next, the Deputy Director-General

of MPF reported on the lay-out plan of the unit and strength of staff. Those

present submitted their reports. The Minister then gave necessary instructions.

33.7 acres of

poppy fields destroyed


10 March – A combined team comprising Tatmadaw members of the local battalion,

members of Military Intelligence Unit, members of Myanmar Police Force,

departmental personnel and local people destroyed 33.7 acres of opium poppy

plantations in the surrounding areas of Padumone and Nanpok Creek in Hkamti

Township on 19 and 20 February. The teams are destroying the illegal poppy

fields during the poppy cultivation season for 2003-2004.

12 acres of

poppy plantations in Shan State (East) destroyed


9 March-Poppy plantations are being destroye during the 2003-2004 poppy

cultivation season. A combined team comprising members of local Tatmadawmen,

local intelligence unit, Myanmar Police Force, Shan State (East) Special

Region-4 and local people destroyed 12 acres of poppy plantations illegally

grown on Pansali mountain range north-east of Wunshan Village, Shan State (East)

on 28 February, putting the total number of the already-destroyed acres of poppy

plantations illegally grown in the region as far as 28 February 2004 to


Poppy-substitute Crops Cultivation and Livestock Breeding Training School opened

in Laukkai


6 March- A ceremony to open the Poppy-substitute Crops Cultivation and Livestock

Breeding Training School for the purpose of drug elimination, built by the

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Myanmar, was held at the school

in Laukkai, Shan State (North) Special Region-1, Kokang Region, on 3 March

morning, attended by Member of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control Deputy

Director-General Police Brig-Gen Zaw Win of Myanmar Police Force, on behalf of

the CCDAC.

Also present on the occasion were

Laukkai Regional Control Command Commander Brig-Gen Than Win, Chinese Ambassador

Mr Li Jinjun, Director Police Col Sit Aye of CCDAC, local authorities, Kokang

Special Region-1 national race leader U Phon Kyar Shin and local people,

departmental personnel and guests.

Speaking on the occasion, Police

Brig-Gen Zaw Win said that Myanmar has laid down and is implementing the drug

elimination 15-year plan. In addition, the New Destiny Project, a part of the

plan, is being implemented in five poppy growing states beginning April 2002.

Accordingly, local farmers of

Shan State (North), on their own accord, presented poppy seeds to departments

concerned after realizing the goodwill of the Government. The poppy seeds have

been set on fire four times – three times in Lashio and once in Laukkai.

As more and more land was put

under poppy-substitute crops, sown acreage of poppy cultivation could be reduced

by 24 per cent in the entire nation in 2002-2003 poppy cultivation season in

comparison to that of 2001-2002 according to the data on illegal poppy

cultivation, jointly collected by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

and Myanmar.

Poppy cultivation obviously

declined by 50 per cent in Shan State (North). Therefore, Kokang region could be

designated as the opium free zone in 2003.

It can be seen that remarkable

progress has been made in the infrastructures such as economic, social,

education, health, transport, etc at all border areas that were unprecedented in

the past because the people residing in border areas are making concerted

efforts not only for carrying out poppy-substitute cultivation and livestock

breeding tasks but also for joining hand with the Government in undertaking

regional development tasks after abandoning poppy cultivation.

The excursion groups comprising

diplomats, ambassadors, heads of missions in Myanmar and local and foreign

journalists led by CCDAC member ministers, have visited border areas for three

times to view drug elimination and regional development tasks being implemented

in the border areas.

In this regard, they have

personally see successes in carrying out drug elimination tasks thanks to

undertakings of the local people who cooperated with the Government. In

addition, international communities have learned about development of the border

areas through the excursion group member diplomats and media.

In recognition of success and

tasks in drug elimination of Myanmar, the PRC Ambassador to Myanmar donated US$

12,000 to the funds of CCDAC with a view to establishing the Poppy-substitute

Crops Cultivation and Livestock Breeding Training School in Laukkai, Kokang

Region, Shan State (North).

The donation of the Ambassador

was used to build the training school by the Regional Committee for Drug Abuse

Control Chairman Commander of North-East Command, closely supervised by Regional

Control Command (Laukkai) and local authorities. He then thanked the ambassador

for donation to building the training school.

Due to opening of the training

school, local farmers in Laukkai can get an opportunity to systematically pursue

agricultural and livestock breeding technologies as well as to apply the

technology in their farms. In conclusion, he urged local people to join hands

with regional authorities for durability of the training school in the long-run.

Next, Ambassador Mr Li Jinjun

explained the purpose of the donations and Kokang national race leader U Phon

Kyar Shin spoke words of thanks.

Afterwards, U Phon Kyar Shin

presented a commemorative pennant to the ambassador. Later, Police Brig-Gen Zaw

Win, Brig-Gen Than Win, Ambassador Mr Li Jinjun and U Phon Kyar Shin formally

opened the training school.


conference on narcotic drugs reports of INCB held


3 March – The press conference related to the narcotic drugs reports of

International Narcotic Control Board-INCB was held at the hall of United Nations

Office on Drugs and Crime-UNODC on Malikha Road in Mayangon Township this


Present were Director (News) of

News and Periodicals Enterprise U Hla Tun, Patron of Myanmar Foreign

Correspondents Club U Hla Htway, President U Sao Kai Hpa and members, officials

of periodicals, Resident Representative Mr Jean-Luc Lemahieu of UNODC and


At the press conference, Resident

Representative Mr Jean-Luc Lemahieu said that as illegal cultivation areas of

poppy plantation continued to decline in east and south-east Asia regions in

2003, there was the two-thirds decline of poppy cultivation in Myanmar in 2003

compared with the cultivation in 1996 due to endeavours in narcotic drugs

elimination being undertaken by the Government of the Union of Myanmar.

Similarly, it was obviously seen that seizures of production and trafficking of

amphetamine stimulant tablets declined in Myanmar in 2002.

He welcomed Myanmar and Mongolia

which joined as members in the narcotic drugs control treaty (1988) and drug

eradication treaty (1982).

Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar,

Thailand and Vietnam, members of Mekong Basin Countries, signed the MoU on

cooperation in drugs elimination in 1993 and approved to implement that MoU in

September 2003. He supported regional cooperation such as control of

transnational smuggling of narcotic drugs, matters related to amphetamine tablet

and prevention against HIV infection.

In addition, he was satisfied with eradication of narcotic drug production

jointly carried out in April 2003 by Myanmar and Chinese police forces.

As there were 81,400 hectares of

poppy plantations in Myanmar in 2002 and 62,200 hectares in 2003, cultivation of

poppy plantation was obviously reduced by 24 per cent.

UNODC, on its part, is carrying

out drugs elimination tasks in Myanmar with the assistance being provided by the

US, Germany, Japan and Italy. It is estimated that out of US$ 26 million which

will be spent on drugs elimination in Kokang and Wa regions, UNODC has already

fetched about US $ 6 million. Later, the resident representative answered the

queries raised by journalists.

203 drug cases

exposed in January


3 March – The Tatmadaw, the Myanmar Police Force, and the Customs Department

exposed 203 drug-related cases during January 2004.

The cases were: 30 cases with

56.2 kilos of opium, 73 cases with 25.1 kilos of heroin, 1 case with 0.97 kilo

of morphine, 6 cases with 2.76 kilos of opium oil, 4 cases with 11.27 kilos of

low-grade opium, 17 cases with 0.84 kilo of marijuana, 1 case with 3.75 litres

of phensedyl, 46 cases with 343,696 stimulant tablets, 0.1 kilo of ephedrine, 59

kilos of stimulant powder, 6 cases with 5.281 kilos of opium dust, 1.5 kilos of

chemical powder, 8 cases for failure to register, and 11 other cases. Action was

taken against 314 peresons – 271 men and 43 women.