- May 13, 2010
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Another Castro brothers’ regime great success story. On September 15, 1960 the Castro regime took over 16 cigar factories, 14 cigarette plants and 20 tobacco warehouses, bringing to an end 300 years of tobacco development that made Cuban cigars the best in the world. The nationalization of the tobacco industry was the beginning of the end of one of the primary source of income for the island. The brothers’ destructive capacity has no limits.Cuba cuts cigar output as exports plunge
FT.com / Commodities - Cuba cuts cigar output as exports plunge
By Marc Frank in Havana
Global economic woes and the spread of smoking bans are taking a harsh toll on production of what many aficionados consider to be the world’s finest tobacco in the lush green-brown valleys of Cuba’s western-most province, Pinar del Rio.
The province’s just concluded tobacco harvest came in at 22.4m leaves, down 14 per cent from 26m in 2009, according to Guerrillero, the province’s Communist party weekly.
The area’s tobacco accounts for much of the wrapper leaf and external filling that give Cuba’s prized cigars such as the Cohiba, Montecristo, Trinidad, Churchill and Partagas their flavour and scent.
“There was a reduction in planting due to limitations in resources caused by the economic crisis,” the weekly said.
According to the most recent report released by the government’s statistics office, the industry has fallen on hard times in recent years, with production of cigars for export down from 217m in 2006, to 123m in 2007 and 73m last year as the business drew on its inventory.