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.”