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Monday, March 18

Newsday Coca Crops Flourishing in Peru -- Production soars despite efforts to stop growth: "Many crop substitution plans call for farmers to plant cocoa or coffee. But people here said prices for those crops have fallen to record lows of about $1 per kilogram, while coca leaf prices, fueled by tightening supply and rising demand in new cocaine markets such as Eastern Europe and Latin America, are reaching a record high of $4 per kilo." Coca farmers are getting ready to protest President Bush's visit to Peru.



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