Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo lamented the “catastrophic data” he believes reflect “how the sovereign policy” introduced during Evo Morales’ government “to eradicate excess coca leaf crops was abandoned.
Del Castillo blamed the government of Jeanine Áñez for not having “the will to effectively carry out the tasks of exterminating the coca plants” and as a “fallacy” that the low results were due to the restrictions the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Unodc) for 2019, the year Morales ruled until November 10, also shows coca cultivation increased 10 percent compared to 2018.
The sociologist Fernando Salazar refutes Del Castillo’s version because, despite the change of president after Morales’ flight in 2020, there was “co-government between the central, departmental and local authorities. In the tropics in particular, everything was still under the control of the coca producers, ”he explained.
For Salazar, the increase in coca harvests is not the product of one year in office, but the result of 14 years of neglect on the part of the MAS
“The government is responsible for what happens in the tropics: they are their coca producers, they are their main political arm and they control all production. There is no place to get lost,” he said.
According to Del Castillo, the government has set itself “a very ambitious goal” to “return to Bolivian international standards” by eradicating 9,000 hectares of coca cultivation this year.