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In Myanmar, Some Farmers Drop Poppies for Coffee Beans

For 54-year-old farmer Long San, growing opium makes simple economic sense.   He started planting poppies - which produce the resin that can be manufactured into heroin - eight years ago when the market for his traditional cash-crop collapsed. Like most people in Long Tway village, in the steep hills of Myanmar’s southern Shan State, he used to plant his fields with cheroot leaves, which are used to roll cigars.   “After I switched to opium I could make about $2,500 (3 million...

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