UNODC: Opium poppy cultivation estimates increase in Myanmar in 2022

In its newest survey on opium cultivation in Myanmar, released in Bangkok today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates poppy cultivation to have increased by 33 per cent in comparison to the previous season.

The results of the 2022 opium survey for Myanmar, which covers the first season following the military takeover in February 2021, also point towards more sophisticated farming practices and concentration of opium poppy cultivation. UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas remarked, “economic, security and governance disruptions that followed the military takeover have converged, and farmers in remote, often conflict-prone areas in northern Shan and border states have had little option but to move back to opium.”

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Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime