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Colombia to give land to farmers who stop growing coca

Staff writer ▼ | September 23, 2015
Colombia, the world's top cocaine producer, will give land to farmers who stop growing coca, the raw ingredient for the drug, President Juan Manuel Santos said.
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Agriculture   President Juan Manuel Santos announced:
Santos made the announcement as he presented his new anti-drug policy in a speech on national TV, after cocaine production surged more than 50 percent from 2013 to 2014 despite an aggressive US-backed crackdown.

"Those who accumulate more than five years farming legal products will be granted land, so that they can also become legal landowners," he said.

"There's no reason Colombia has to remain the world's leading coca exporter, and we're going to prove it."

He also confirmed the South American country would stop using the herbicide glyphosate starting October 1, after the World Health Organization warned in March that it is "probably carcinogenic."