Thousands of Colombian Families to Leave the Coca Economy
Bogota, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) About 55,000 Colombian families will voluntarily replace coca fields for other plantations, a program sponsored by the government and will be accompanied in the territories by the FARC-EP, the Presidential Palace (seat of government) stated.
These works will eradicate the plant in about 38,000 hectares and replace it with crops for lawful purposes, the Presidency of the Republic said after noting that one of the pioneers of the initiative is the department of Putumayo; followed by Meta, Vichada (in the plains); Caqueta and Nariño (south) and Norte de Santander (bordering Venezuela).
In the areas where the coca economy has proliferated, thousands of peasants will now promote legal productions as part of a project that will provide financial and technical resources to the peasants for assistance and encouragement.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) assumes the responsibility for accompanying and ensuring the implementation of the plan in the localities, the same source said.
This strategy, which represents a change in the fight against illicit drug trafficking, is one of the provisions included in the peace agreement signed by President, Juan Manuel Santos, and the leader of that insurgent group, Timoleon Jimenez, on November 24th.
Colombia continues being the main cocaine supplier worldwide.
In addition to the program aimed at replacing illegal crops, the government and the FARC-EP guerrilla are working together in demining several regions in the country.
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