One look at the Andes Mountains from a chopper and you are sure to glimpse a sight which shall make your head shake from side to side. Often known the world over for its cocoa plantations, the lowlands of Peru have now come into the limelight for growing yet another crop, which may not be considered a heaven for the human population- cocaine. This plant is known to survive and flourish really well when it is planted at an elevated area, which is why the Andes Mountains are considered to be perfect for allowing this plant to thrive without any problems.

Cocaine cultivation in Peru has managed to catch the eyes of farmers, who like making money by cultivating such crops, as well as the global authorities who are working towards reducing the cultivation as well as expansion of this business in a suitable manner. Ticuna village in the Peru region has been considered as a thriving cocaine cultivator and according to the United Nations, this area may very well become a leader in cocaine cultivation. Apparently, the crop cultivated in the Ticuna village is then supplied globally and a major chunk of it reaches Brazil.

It has also been ascertained that cocaine reaches the United States that has been cultivated in Ticuna village via highly developed and specialized transport routes such as Brazil. One of the main reasons why Peru has been deemed as an active center for cocaine production is because its land area is conducive for the cultivation of this crop and also because the technological know-how for the successful cultivation of this crop is easy to comprehend and practiced practically by new farmers. After the successful cultivation of this crop in Ticuna village, the cocaine economics has transformed drastically.

Ten years ago, no cocaine was cultivated in Peru but now, over eight percent of Peru’s total land area is covered under this crop cultivation. Transforming cocoa into cocaine is an art which Ticuna villagers have mastered over time and this in turn involves the use of kerosene and many other harsh chemicals, which in turn are often dumped into the river, thereby causing widespread water pollution in the area. The cultivation of this crop has helped farmers earn a substantial amount of income, which in turn has permitted them to send their children to attain higher education in the Iquitos capital region.

While the global authorities have ascertained that over 3200 hectares of land is under cocoa production in the Amazon region, according to the local authorities, this is a very low number as many more areas hidden deep in the Amazon jungles are being used as a suitable area for coca plantation. The Brazilian police did indulge in an effort last year to eradicate coca production in Brazil, wherein they borrowed helicopters from the United States but they abstained from touching the Ticuna village, for the simple reason that doing so would have strained the political balance in the state. Nonetheless, efforts are on to try and find a permanent solution for this rising menace and soon, a suitable solution may be found by the Peruvian government.