Myanmar's Opium Harvest Rises 26 Percent, as Poor Farmers See Few Options

Opium harvest in Myanmar's Shan state Photograph by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime via AP Photo

Northern Myanmar is a land of jagged ravines that make for dramatic scenery but poor farmland. And on steep hillsides with poor soil and little water, Burmese farmers are increasingly cultivating opium poppies, which weather tough terrain and sell for $500 a dry kilogram.

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