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UN: Colombia coca crop down; Peru and Bolivia up

BOGOTA – Colombia’s coca crop shrank by nearly a fifth last year while cultivation of the bush that is the basis of cocaine rose for a third straight year in Peru and Bolivia, the world’s two other coca-producing nations, the United Nations said Friday. The U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime said the 18 percent reduction in Colombia, the world’s top cocaine producer, from 2007 owed in part to record manual eradication — as opposed to aerial herbicide spraying — of 96,100 hectares (371 square miles) of the crop.Full Story

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