Peru's anti-drug department plans to expand their coca eradication program in 2014, with a goal of wiping out 30,000 hectares (74,132 acres) of coca plants, which are used to produce cocaine.
The National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs announced recently that the 30K hectare target was agreed upon with President Ollanta Humala. The Peruvian government was encouraged by the 2013 results – last year a record 23,600 hectares (56,834 acres) of coca crops were eradicated.
Peru will spend 60 million soles ($21.5 million US) to destroy coca plants this year, primarily in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers, an isolated jungle territory. Peru also plans to facilitate crop substitution programs for roughly 75,000 households that grow coca.