RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Colombia beat its record for eradicating coca crops for the second year in a row, the government said Wednesday, although the country still remains the world’s leading producer of cocaine.
“We have achieved the highest level of manual coca eradication ever recorded by Colombia: 130,000 hectares (321,000 acres),” President Ivan Duque said in a statement to the press.
That area, roughly the same size as the city of Los Angeles, exceeds the last record set in 2019, when the government got rid of 94,000 hectares of coca, the main ingredient of cocaine . . .