from Claudio Franco
Aside from the social damage it can cause, eradication programs also immediately ratchet up the market price of opium and farm-gate prices, which makes the cultivation of opium even more lucrative for farmers. This also causes a net transfer of income from opium growers to drug traffickers, who then profit from the increased value of their existing opium stocks at the expense of farmers.
Another consequence of forced eradication is the “balloon effect”; that is, the dispersion of drug crops to other regions. This phenomenon has been observed in Colombia and the surrounding Andean region and in the Golden Triangle. In Afghanistan, the balloon effect has been made easier by the destruction of irrigation networks and other infrastructure necessary for the cultivation of licit crops
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