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Myanmar hills embrace silkworms over poppies
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MYANMAR-SILKWORMS/
RTS1QL3R
9 May. 2018
Zhou Xing Ci's family have farmed poppies for as long... more
MYANMAR-SILKWORMS/
RTS1QL3R
9 May. 2018
Lashio, Myanmar
Zhou Xing Ci's family have farmed poppies for as long as anyone remembers, scraping the flowers' sticky brown sap to produce opium. Along with many other farmers in the hills of eastern Myanmar, the crop Ð much of which ends up as heroin sold on foreign streets - has in recent years put Myanmar behind only Afghanistan as the world's leading source of opium. A Chinese company working with farmers hopes the silk-producing larva can help the farmers, and their country, quit the drug. "Growing opium is too tough. It's only one harvest every year and a rain can easily destroy a whole year's work," said Zhou. The price for opium has fallen, he said, and growing poppies risked running afoul of heavy-handed eradication efforts by Myanmar authorities. The price drop, alongside the rise of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, has contributed to a 25 percent fall in the total area of Myanmar under poppy cultivation since 2015, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The U.N. agency has assisted more than 1,000 farmers to switch from opium to another cash crop, coffee, since 2014, said Troels Vester, UNODC country manager for Myanmar. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "MYANMAR SILKWORMS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: MYANMAR-SILKWORMS/
MYANMAR-DRUGS/
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6 Dec. 2017
A man harvests opium as he works in an opium field... more
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6 Dec. 2017
A man harvests opium as he works in an opium field... more
MYANMAR-DRUGS/
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6 Dec. 2017
A woman harvests opium as he works in an opium field... more
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6 Dec. 2017
A woman carries her baby as she work in an opium field... more
MYANMAR-DRUGS/
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6 Dec. 2017
A man harvests opium as he works in an opium field... more
MYANMAR-DRUGS/
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6 Dec. 2017
A woman carries her baby as she works in an opium field... more
MYANMAR-DRUGS/
RTX3M3DB
6 Dec. 2017
Men harvest opium as they work in an opium field outside... more
MYANMAR-DRUGS/
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6 Dec. 2017
A man harvests opium as he works in an opium field... more
MYANMAR-DRUGS/
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6 Dec. 2017
A man harvests opium as he works in an opium field... more
MYANMAR-DRUGS/
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6 Dec. 2017
A man harvests opium as he works in an opium field... more
PAKISTAN-DRUGS/
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13 Nov. 2017
A soldier stands guard near a burning pile of confiscated... more
PAKISTAN-DRUGS/
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13 Nov. 2017
A soldier walks past a burning pile of confiscated... more
USA-MEXICO/HEROIN
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8 May. 2017
A soldier holds a lanced poppy bulb to show how to... more
USA-MEXICO/HEROIN
RTS15LXD
8 May. 2017
A soldier holds a lanced poppy bulb to show how to... more
USA-MEXICO/HEROIN
RTS15LWK
8 May. 2017
A soldier shows the lancing of a poppy bulb to extract... more
USA-MEXICO/HEROIN
RTS15LWJ
8 May. 2017
A soldier holds a lanced poppy bulb to show how to... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS/QUEEN-FLOWERS
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24 May. 2016
A Chelsea Pensioner stands in front of a display of... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS/QUEEN-FLOWERS
RTSFL0J
23 May. 2016
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd R) visits the 5000... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS/QUEEN-FLOWERS
RTSFJ40
23 May. 2016
Visitors photograph a display of thousands of crocheted... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS/QUEEN-FLOWERS
RTSFJ3W
23 May. 2016
Detail is seen of a display of thousands of crocheted... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS/QUEEN-FLOWERS
RTSFIIF
23 May. 2016
Chelsea Pensioners walk amongst a display of thousands... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS/QUEEN-FLOWERS
RTSFIID
23 May. 2016
Chelsea Pensioners walk amongst a display of thousands... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS/QUEEN-FLOWERS
RTSFIIB
23 May. 2016
Chelsea Pensioners walk amongst a display of thousands... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS/QUEEN-FLOWERS
RTSFIHT
23 May. 2016
Chelsea Pensioners walk amongst a display of thousands... more
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE-MACEDONIA
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24 Apr. 2016
Two children gather poppies at a field next to a makeshift... more
MEXICO-DRUGS/OPIATES C
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22 Apr. 2016
Mexico's opium poppy cultivation and murders by state... more
MEXICO-DRUGS/OPIATES C
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22 Apr. 2016
Mexico
Mexico's opium poppy cultivation and murders by state
MEXICO-GUZMAN/HOMETOWN
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11 Jan. 2016
Residents walk by the San Juan Bautista church in the... more
MEXICO-GUZMAN/HOMETOWN
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11 Jan. 2016
A resident reads a newspaper article about the recapture... more
MEXICO-GUZMAN/HOMETOWN
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11 Jan. 2016
Soldiers stop a vehicle at a checkpoint in the municipality... more
MEXICO-GUZMAN/HOMETOWN
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11 Jan. 2016
Vehicles drive along a road in the municipality of... more
MEXICO-GUZMAN/HOMETOWN
RTX21SB6
11 Jan. 2016
A general view shows the municipality of Badiraguato,... more
Society
Society
Rehab in disused NATO camp in Kabul
19 PICTURES
MYANMAR-POLITICS/
RTX1RAKA
6 Sep. 2015
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) meets... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
RTX1HURG
26 Jun. 2015
Thai narcotics officials arrange bags of methamphetamine... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
RTX1HURF
26 Jun. 2015
Thai narcotics officials arrange bags of methamphetamine... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
RTX1HURE
26 Jun. 2015
A police officer from the Narcotics Control Board guards... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
RTX1HURD
26 Jun. 2015
Thai narcotics officials throw bags of methamphetamine... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
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26 Jun. 2015
Thai narcotics officials put bags of methamphetamine... more
UZBEKISTAN-DRUGS/
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25 Jun. 2015
Members of Uzbekistan's national security service,... more
UZBEKISTAN-DRUGS/
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25 Jun. 2015
A member of Uzbekistan's national security service,... more
UZBEKISTAN-DRUGS/
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25 Jun. 2015
Drug enforcement officers and a member (R) of Uzbekistan's... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
RTR4YUDV
25 Jun. 2015
A Thai military personnel moves boxes of confiscated... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
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25 Jun. 2015
Thai narcotics officials and Thai military personnel... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
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25 Jun. 2015
Thai military personnel carry boxes of confiscated... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/
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25 Jun. 2015
Thai narcotics officials and Thai military personnel... more
AFGHANISTAN-AGRICULTURE/
RTX1AKRY
28 Apr. 2015
An Afghan girl gathers raw opium on a poppy field on... more
AFGHANISTAN-AGRICULTURE/
RTX1AKRV
28 Apr. 2015
Raw opium from a poppy head is seen at a poppy farmer's... more
AFGHANISTAN-AGRICULTURE/
RTX1AKRT
28 Apr. 2015
Raw opium from a poppy head is seen at a poppy farmer's... more
AFGHANISTAN-AGRICULTURE/
RTX1AKRS
28 Apr. 2015
Afghan children gather raw opium on a poppy field on... more
AFGHANISTAN-AGRICULTURE/
RTX1AKRR
28 Apr. 2015
Afghan men gather raw opium on a poppy field on the... more
AFGHANISTAN-AGRICULTURE/
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28 Apr. 2015
Afghan children gather raw opium on a poppy field on... more
PAKISTAN-NARCOTICS/
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23 Apr. 2015
A paramilitary soldier throws a liquor bottle near... more
LOREAL-SALES/
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20 Apr. 2015
The logo of Lancome, the cosmetics and perfume brand... more
LOREAL-SALES/
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20 Apr. 2015
The logo of French cosmetics group L'Oreal is seen... more
LOREAL-SALES/
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20 Apr. 2015
A woman stands in front of a Lancome counter, the cosmetics... more
LOREAL-SALES/
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20 Apr. 2015
A woman stands in front of a sales display counter... more
LOREAL-SALES/
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20 Apr. 2015
The logo of French cosmetics group L'Oreal is seen... more
KENYA-DRUGS/ C
RTR4S7CO
5 Mar. 2015
KENYA-DRUGS/ – Maps heroin drug trafficking routes... more
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