The area under coca cultivation grew 39% in 2014 and 42% in 2015, hitting 392,897.5 acres, according to the US State Department’s annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report.
2015’s increase was the largest single-year spike on record.
Potential pure cocaine production in 2015 was 495 metric tons — 185 metric tons more than in 2014.
The Colombian government also reported seizing 421 metric tons of cocaine and cocaine base in 2016, which was 124 metric tons more than in 2015.
The jump in area under cultivation returns Colombia to levels not seen since 2007, and several areas in the country contributed heavily to the increase. …