Annual decline of 9% in opium poppy cultivation in Mexico

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that opium poppy cultivation in Mexico fell by 9% between 2016-17 and 2017-18. Reductions in cultivation were confirmed despite fewer hectares of opium poppy fields having been eradicated by the government. The UNODC used data from satellite imaging alongside ground and aerial field verifications and estimated that 28,000 hectares were used for poppy cultivation between July 2017 and June 2018 compared with 30,600 hectares between July 2016 and June 2018. The highest concentrations of cultivation sites were in the Sierra Madre Occidental, the northern part of Nayarit and in the Sierra Madre del Sur of Guerrero.