Opium production rises in Southeast Asia: UN | Asia Pacific

Opium production rises in Southeast Asia: UN

Opium production rises in Southeast Asia: UN

Posted 16 December 2011, 21:34 AEST

In Southeast Asia, illegal opium cultivation has doubled since 2006, with significant increases in Burma and Laos this year.

A new UN report says the lack of security, political instability and lack of sustainable development, all contribute to the rise in poppy-growing.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, says the estimated value of opium production in Burma, Laos and Thailand rose 48 percent, to 319 million dollars last year.

Presenter: Sen Lam

Speakers: Jason Eligh, the Burma country manager of the UNODC from Bangkok

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