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Colombian coca cultivation and cocaine production exceeded all-time record levels during 2016. The United States estimates potential pure cocaine production surged by 37 percent, from 520 metric tons (MT) in 2015 to 710 MT in 2016 (the most recent year for which data is available). The United States further estimates coca cultivation increased 18 percent from 159,000 hectares (ha) in 2015 to 188,000 ha in 2016, exceeding the previously recorded high of approximately 170,000 ha in 2001.
2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (Washington: U.S. Department of State, March 15, 2018): 136 <https://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2018/>.