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ONDCP Releases Data on Coca Cultivation and Cocaine Production in Bolivia

November 13, 2020

Today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the United States Government's annual estimates of coca cultivation and cocaine production potential for the Plurinational State of Bolivia.  According to these estimates, Bolivia remains the third largest producer of cocaine in the world.

Bolivia's coca cultivation totaled 42,180 hectares in 2019, an increase of 28 percent over 2018.  Commensurate cocaine production potential increased 20 percent to 301 metric tons.  The Yungas region remained the largest coca cultivation area in Bolivia, while the Chapare region represents the second largest.  Cultivation exceeded the 22,000 hectares limit established by the Bolivian government by an estimated 20,180 hectares, or 92 percent.

Bolivia Coca Cultivation 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Coca Cultivation (Hectares) 27,000 35,000 36,500 37,500 31,000 32,900 42,180
Cocaine Production Potential (Metric Tons pure) 188 236 268 284 246 251 301

"Cocaine production in Bolivia represents a serious threat to the people of the United States and Bolivia.  This latest report indicating a rise in coca cultivation and production in Bolivia shows the critical need for the incoming government to take immediate and concrete steps to reverse this damaging trend," ONDCP Director Jim Carroll stated.  "The Trump Administration stands ready to work with Bolivia's new leadership to address this issue for the betterment of both of our nations."

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