Opium poppy farmers reject crop ban, war on drugs

Participants expressed support for efforts to end wars in Myanmar and Colombia but called for a more inclusive peace process
Myanmar Times (Burma)
Monday, January 25, 2015

Opium poppy farmers from Myanmar attending an international conference on “prohibited plants” have rejected a ban on growing their crops and urged an end to forced eradication. “We reject prohibition and the war on drugs,” small-scale farmers from 14 countries, including Myanmar, said in a joint statement at the end of a Global Forum of Prohibited Plant Producers held in Heemskerk, the Netherlands, that was organised by advocacy group Transnational Institute (TNI).