The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested 62 peasant farmers countrywide and seized over ten tonnes of cannabis in the last seven days.
DEC public relations officer John Nyawali disclosed this during a media briefing in Kitwe.
Mr Nyawali said the latest arrest was yesterday when the commission arrested two peasant farmers of Kasata farming block in Chingola district who were found with 2.8 tones of cannabis field.
The two farmers, Kelvin Kabimbi and Tandeo Mwena, both aged 25 years, were cornered in an operation conducted by the DEC officers.
Mr Nyawali said the seizure in Chingola was the largest on the Copperbelt in the last five years.
He said the commission has also arrested 60 people country wide in the last one week after an operation in which 7.3 tones of various psychotropic substances were confiscated.
He said among the people arrested was one inmate of Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe, who was found with 19 balls of cannabis, and a grade 10 pupil of Imbolela high school in Serenje district, who was also found with 10 rolls of the banned drug.
Mr. Nyawali said the cultivation of cannabis in the country has reached alarming levels.
He has therefore appealed to farmers in the country to concentrate on growing cash crops which would sustain their food security and not engage in growing illegal drugs.