06 July 1998
Lebanese farmers forced back to drug crops

Central Bekaa Valleys agricultural co-operative warned that promised aid must come soon otherwise farmers would return to growing cannabis and opium.

The cultivation of drugs brings the farmers much higher profits than the potatoes, wheat and tobacco they now produce, reports The Guardian.

Lebanon began razing its drugs fields in 1993 under pressure from the US. But the agricultural aid that was to fill the void has not materialised apart from a consignment of 3,000 cows dispatched by Washington in November.

  • The Guardian 06/07/98 page 14