Colombia Cocaine Output Soars as Growers Eye State Handouts

  • Output of raw material for making cocaine rose 39% last year
  • El Nino led some farmers to switch to drought-resistant coca

Colombia’s production of coca, the raw material for making cocaine, soared to the most since 2007 last year as Marxist rebels encourage farmers to step up planting ahead of a peace deal, according to the government.

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