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Colombia to use herbicide drones against record coca harvest

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BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s government said Tuesday it has authorized the use of herbicide-spraying drones to tackle a record surge in cocaine production.

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s government said Tuesday it has authorized the use of herbicide-spraying drones to tackle a record surge in cocaine production.

The decision was announced a day after a White House report said that land devoted to coca production in Colombia had surged to a record 209,000 hectares (516,450 acres) last year.

Outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos three years ago banned the aerial spraying of coca crops in response to a constitutional court ruling pointing out health and environmental risks.

See full article at Manila Bulletin

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