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Is the Colombian Cocaine War worth it?

‘Latin America’ is a diverse continent with diverse cultures, unreal sights and much more. However, whenever we talk about this ‘majestic land’ as first referred by Columbus, one thing certainly comes in our mind, i.e. drugs and cocaine. Colombia is the world's top producer of cocaine and coca (the plant used to make cocaine). In the recent years Coca cultivation in Colombia grew and steps were taken to root out the coca crop to reduce the production of Cocaine. Now, coca has been grown by the locals from centuries for purposes other than cocaine. The local population grows coca that is how they survive, but now with the government’s new policies and the influence of USA, these locals seem to live a hard life. Let’s dive in to unfold more information about this.

Is the Colombian Cocaine War worth it? 
‘Latin America’ is a diverse continent with diverse cultures, unreal sights and much more. However, whenever we talk about this ‘majestic land’ as first referred by Columbus, one thing certainly comes in our mind, i.e. drugs and cocaine. Colombia is the world's top producer of cocaine and coca (the plant used to make cocaine). In the recent years Coca cultivation in Colombia grew and steps were taken to root out the coca crop to reduce the production of Cocaine. Now, coca has been grown by the locals from centuries for purposes other than cocaine. The local population grows coca that is how they survive, but now with the government’s new policies and the influence of USA, these locals seem to live a hard life. Let’s dive in to unfold more information about this. 
Worldwide demand of psychoactive drugs during the 1960 and 1970s eventually increased the production and processing of these in Colombia. Cocaine is produced at $1500/kilo in jungle labs and could be sold on the streets of the US for as much as $50,000/kilo. The USA intervened in Colombia throughout this period in an attempt to cut off the supply of these drugs to the US. The drug lords of Colombia, such as Pablo Escobar and José Rodríguez Gacha were long considered by authorities to be among the most dangerous, wealthy and powerful men in the world. 
According to Bloomberg News, studies show that Colombia is the world's largest cocaine producer. The United States of America is the world's largest consumer of cocaine and other illegal drugs. 
Let’s cut to the chase and see the other side of the story. Coca is mainly grown in South Colombia, near Guaviare, and the anti-narcotic police often search for coca plantations and labs, so that they can destroy them. The locals harvest coca, process it into a paste and sell it to cartels, that later undergoes and series of chemical processes and that is how the white drug is made. Now, this coca crop is the only source of income for the farmers who grow it in jungles and these families are deeply affected by cocaine economy, these people are strangled between the cartels and the government. 
Coca farms fuel the drug industry and the government has to take actions, but these coca farmers’ lives are most affected. The two main actions taken by the government to destroy coca are flying airplanes over these fields and dropping a chemical to destroy the crop, secondly they’ve assigned anti narcotic police to find the fields and destroy them manually. But there is a catch here, the chemicals dropped don’t just affect coca, it kills anything it touches, so the chance of growing another crop like pineapple or potato reduces. In 2015, the government nullified the chemical spraying tactic and a couple of years later came up with the crop substitution strategy. In this the government will pay one million pesos per month i.e. almost 330$ to farmers who destroy the coca crop themselves and grow other crops that are legal. 
Many farmers opted for this scheme, but there is problem here as well; the epicenters which used to be coca fields have started growing legal crops but sadly these areas are not well connected to the city. And farmers just don’t make any profit, they have to pay more for transport and it just doesn’t add up. There is no government presence in these areas as well as markets, moreover the farmers do not have enough land to cultivate more crops. The farmers feel the government has failed them. The success stories are very rare in this case. So, is the Colombian drug war really worth it?      
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Sandeep Semwal
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