Reuters - Video

Edition: U.S. | U.K. | IN | CN

Top News

Myanmar declares war on opium

Monday, February 20, 2012 - 01:47

Feb. 20 - Myanmar authorities eradicate poppy fields at a swift pace, but find it difficult to provide alternatives for the farmers. Sophia Soo reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

Myanmar has declared a war on opium. In a remote valley in Shan State, police armed with weed-whackers move through fields of poppies. They leave behind them a carpet of stems. These fields are the livelihood for many of the residents in the villages. Local farmers are distraught at the sight of their destroyed fields. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) 48-YEAR-OLD WIDOW WITH SIX DAUGHTERS, MOE MOHM, SAYING: "I thought nothing. I just wanted to cry. I can't do anything about this (poppy field eradication). There's no food to eat. The money I borrowed I have already spent on fertilizers. I have no more money to pay back, no more money for food." Myanmar has appealed to foreign donors for half a billion dollars to finance a program to wean the thousands of households off poppy-growing. But it's not easy. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said new crops can't be planted until the rains come in June or July. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC) IN MYANMAR COUNTRY MANAGER, JASON ELIGH SAYING: "We've got a very narrow window. We've got a period now of about six months until they can plant again. If aid is not arriving, if they don't get the assistance they need in that period, then there is a very real chance that they'll go back to poppy." The UN estimates about 256,000 households are involved in opium poppy cultivation. It also said Myanmar produced an estimated 610 tonnes last year. Making it the world's second biggest opium supplier after Afghanistan. Sophia Soo, Reuters.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Myanmar declares war on opium

Monday, February 20, 2012 - 01:47

Editors' Picks »

Business »

Moving Pictures »

Images of December Images of December

Tue, 23 Dec, 2014 - (0:30)

Tsunami - unclaimed possessions Tsunami - unclaimed possessions

Tue, 23 Dec, 2014 - (2:23)

Images of November Images of November

Tue, 02 Dec, 2014 - (0:30)

Images of October Images of October

Mon, 03 Nov, 2014 - (0:57)

The world in a city The world in a city

Fri, 31 Oct, 2014 - (1:30)

Real-life superheroes Real-life superheroes

Tue, 28 Oct, 2014 - (1:44)

Dance of the northern lights Dance of the northern lights

Mon, 20 Oct, 2014 - (1:08)

Images of September Images of September

Thu, 02 Oct, 2014 - (1:00)

Still missing – MH370 Still missing – MH370

Fri, 05 Sep, 2014 - (2:05)

Burning Together Burning Together

Mon, 01 Sep, 2014 - (2:23)

Oddly Enough »

Robots dance in mass-games fashion Robots dance in mass-games fashion

Wed, 21 Jan, 2015 - (1:30)

India has most of the world's tigers India has most of the world's tigers

Wed, 21 Jan, 2015 - (1:22)

Cat saves abandoned baby Cat saves abandoned baby

Tue, 20 Jan, 2015 - (1:09)

Pope Francis - the musical Pope Francis - the musical

Sat, 17 Jan, 2015 - (1:35)

Google partners with auto suppliers on self-driving car Google partners with auto suppliers on...

Thu, 15 Jan, 2015 - (1:32)

Dateline Asia »

Asia markets toast ECB stimulus Asia markets toast ECB stimulus

Fri, 23 Jan, 2015 - (1:42)

Asia Week Ahead: Markets await Greece vote Asia Week Ahead: Markets await Greece vote

Fri, 23 Jan, 2015 - (1:18)

Netflix to push play in China Netflix to push play in China

Thu, 22 Jan, 2015 - (1:41)

Japan in a tight spot over hostage crisis Japan in a tight spot over hostage crisis

Thu, 22 Jan, 2015 - (1:05)

Behind the pretty face of K-pop Behind the pretty face of K-pop

Thu, 22 Jan, 2015 - (2:09)

Record slowdown in China's economic growth Record slowdown in China's economic growth

Tue, 20 Jan, 2015 - (1:52)

North Korean defector changes his story North Korean defector changes his story

Mon, 19 Jan, 2015 - (1:03)

China stocks hit by credit crackdown China stocks hit by credit crackdown

Mon, 19 Jan, 2015 - (1:16)

Xiaomi smartphones look to go global Xiaomi smartphones look to go global

Mon, 19 Jan, 2015 - (1:54)

Clamping down on China's toxic toys Clamping down on China's toxic toys

Fri, 16 Jan, 2015 - (1:11)

Reuters Investigates »

Where the sea is closing in Where the sea is closing in

Thu, 20 Nov, 2014 - (3:41)

Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead" Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead"

Wed, 19 Feb, 2014 - (8:24)

Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest

Fri, 10 Jan, 2014 - (4:01)

"Passed around like a dog" "Passed around like a dog"

Thu, 29 Aug, 2013 - (6:32)

Adopted, then abandoned online Adopted, then abandoned online

Thu, 29 Aug, 2013 - (13:22)

How the DEA keeps its secrets secret How the DEA keeps its secrets secret

Mon, 05 Aug, 2013 - (1:36)