Indonesia: BNN wants farmers to stop growing marijuana

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has stepped up its campaign to encourage marijuana farmers to give up their work and start growing more sustainable crops.

BNN said that it would continue to expand its campaign to other places in the country. 

“We started the program in Aceh in 2015 and will continue by taking the program to other areas in Indonesia,” BNN spokesperson Slamet Pribadi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Pribadi said that the campaign in Aceh had begun to show success as farmers had started to grow regular crops and plants. 

BNN data shows that, in Aceh, at least 60 hectares of marijuana plantation had now been transformed into plots where farmers could grow cacao, patchouli, soybeans and turmeric.

“We also facilitate training for the farmers on how to plant these types of plants so they do not return to growing cannabis,” Pribadi said.

Throughout 2015, BNN held training on...

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