A policeman holds poppy plants after a field was destroyed above the village of Tar-Pu, in the mountains of Shan State

A policeman holds poppy plants after a field was destroyed above the village of Tar-Pu, in the mountains of Shan State

ATTENTION EDITORS THIS IS 7 OF 35 PICTURES FROM MYANMAR'S OPIUM WAR BY REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHER DAMIR SAGOLJ A policeman holds poppy plants after a field was destroyed above the village of Tar-Pu, in the mountains of Shan State January 27, 2012. Myanmar has dramatically escalated its poppy eradication efforts since September 2011, threatening the livelihoods of impoverished farmers who depend upon opium as a cash crop to buy food. With new ceasefires ending years of conflict between the government and ethnic insurgents, Myanmar police and United Nations officials are travelling through opium-rich Shan State to ask farmers what assistance they need. Picture taken January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (MYANMAR - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY) - RTR2Y5ID

March 9, 2017 3:05 PM (UTC+8)