Colombian Marijuana Farmers Fear Chaos When Guerrillas Disband

(Bloomberg) -- Farmers deep in a drug-producing region in the Andes Mountains in southwest Colombia have been badly hit by fighting between the government and Marxist rebels. One might, therefore, expect them to be hopeful that a peace deal to end the conflict would improve their lives. Instead, they are worried. Bloomberg’s Matthew Bristow reports (Source: Bloomberg) (Corrects spelling of Cauca in video.)

Deep in the Andes mountains in southwest Colombia, where Marxist rebels have ruled for decades, school children are issued white flags for evacuation during firefights that break out with the army.

While the country’s military patrols the sugar plantations around the valley city of Cali, the guerrillas hold sway in the farms and villages above, imposing taxes and regulations on the many marijuana growers.

So farmers in the mountains caught in the crossfire might be expected to be rooting for historic peace talks between the state...

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