Agriculture and Food

Cuba’s Tobacco Industry

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The tobacco industry is one of Cuba’s top agricultural industries.  Last year, tobacco exports brought in a total of $257 million, accounting for 17.4% of total exports.  Industry experts predict the demand for Cuban cigars and tobacco will attain greater market share in the upcoming years in spite of competition from countries such as Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and Ecuador. Cigarette and cigar production is on an upward trend.  Annually, some 15 billion cigarettes are manufactured and sold to the national market and exported overseas.  Almost 300 million premium brand, hand-rolled cigars are produced each year.  Of this, 100 million are for export.  Machine manufactured cigars are a part of the manufacturing numbers, of which 90% are destined for export. Cuban cigars have a strong global…

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