LA PAZ, Bolivia – The United Nations says the area under coca cultivation in Bolivia fell last year to its lowest in 12 years — down 9 percent from 2012.
That doesn't necessarily mean Bolivia is producing less cocaine, however
The U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime does not measure potential cocaine production in Bolivia, the No. 3 coca producer, or in Peru, which the U.S. government says displaced Colombia as the world's top cocaine producer in 2012.
The U.N. says Bolivia's coca crop was down to 29 square miles last year, just 11.5 square miles more than Bolivia's government claims satisfy traditional demand.
Last week, the U.N. said Peru's coca crop was down to 192 square miles. That barely tops Colombia's 2012 area.
Updated figures for Colombia are to be announced Thursday.