Bolivia Bets to Achieve Identity Reevaluation of the Coca Leaf
La Paz, Jan 11(Prensa Latina) With the commemoration today of the National Day of Chewing (Acullico) of the coca leaf, Bolivia looks to revalue the cultural importance of the ancient costume.
To that end a program of diverse activities will be carried out in the cities of Cochabamba, Tarija, Oruro, Santa Cruz and La Paz.
In this city a fair is organized in the Major Square of San Francisco in order to show the multiple uses of the plant and its industrial potential for the elaboration of products such as syrups, pills, tea, flour, cremes, shampoo and toothpaste, among others.
According to the Minister of Rural Development and Lands, Cesar Cocarico, Bolivian embassies throughout the world received instructions to socialize the uses of the coca leaf.
It is very important from a cultural point of view, that acullico be recognized as a legitimate cultural expression of the Bolivians, he stressed.
It also trascended that president Evo Morales will summon soon leaders of coca growers to discuss the draft of the Coca General Bill.
The Minister of Rural Development remarked the initiative will annul the law 1008, which established that the coca leaf had to be eradicated, while it will recognize the plant as ancestral, originary and traditional.
The consumption of the leaf is a millenary practice in Bolivia and its planting is legal. The creation of the viceministry of Coca and Integral Development in 2006 allowed to monitor the production, circulation and marketing of the product.
The plant is destined to uses and traditional customs of the Andean region peoples like the acullico (chewing), religious rituals and ceremonies, its medicinal use and as food, as well as therapeutical use, among others.
In 1988, the government of Victor Paz Estensoro, following a three-year plan of struggle against drug trafficking, attempted to eradicate from the Chapare of Cochabamba the planting of coca.
But producers organized to defend their plantations and clashed with military forces, agents of the U.S. Drug Control Administration (DEA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) then in Bolivia.
For that reason, on June 27 the known as massacre of Villa Tunari took place, which in the opinion of president Evo Morales 'allowed the peasant struggle for national liberation to be recognized, because the defense of the coca lea fis to defend the sovereignty and dignity of Bolivia'.
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