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Opium Production Surged in Myanmar

Ethnic Pa-O poppy farmer holds a harvested poppy stem with dried-up opium sap in a poppy cultivation in central Shan state, Myanmar. Official efforts to stamp out opium production in Myanmar are falling flat because poor farmers don't have alternative ways to make a living. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Opium Production Surged in Myanmar

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime estimated in its annual Southeast

Asia Opium Survey that Myanmar will produce 870 metric tons of opium in

2013, remaining the world's second-largest grower after Afghanistan.

That would be a 26 percent rise over 2012 production.