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60% area under illegal poppy cultivation reduced in 3 years: Manipur Governor

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Imphal, Feb 29: The Governor of Manipur, Anusuiya Uikey on Wednesday stated that 3,010 acres of illicit poppy cultivation have been destroyed in the state.

While addressing the fifth session of the 12th Manipur Assembly, the Governor said that due to the government’s efforts, illegal poppy cultivation areas have reduced.

“The area under poppy cultivation assessed during 2021-22 was about 28,599 acres. It reduced to 11,288 acres during 2023-24, which is a reduction of about 60 per cent. The decreasing trend in areas under poppy cultivation reflects the positive impact of the government’s efforts on ‘War on Drugs’,” she said.

The Governor added that the ‘War on Drugs 2.0′ is now going on and in 2023, 72.9 kg heroin, 147.1 kg opium, 195.2 kg ganja (marijuana), 111.3 kg brown sugar, 155.3 kg Methamphetamine tablets, and 33.3 kg pseudoephedrine tablets were seized, among others.

She said that as many as 288 cases were registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985, and 333 persons were arrested during 2023.

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