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Myanmar farmers return to cultivating poppy amid few options

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 05:50
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With poppy cultivation in Myanmar nearly tripling since 2006, the country remains a distant second to Afghanistan in global production of opium.

Bang Laem, Myanmar

A DECADE ago, Myanmar seemed on course to wipe out the opium fields and heroin jungle labs along its eastern border, the notorious Golden Triangle. Today, valley after valley in these mist-shrouded mountains are covered with resplendent opium poppies, tended by farmers