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Tobacco growers in central Cuba create conditions to start seedbeds

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HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 16 (ACN) Tobacco growers in the Cuban central province of Ciego de Avila create the conditions to set next August seedbeds for the 2019-2020 sowing season, scheduled for October.

Luis Enrique Perdomo Martínez, manager at the Florencia agricultural company, in charge in the province of the tobacco crops, told the Cuban News Agency that they are currently working on the preparation of the land to form 9,900 traditional stonemasons, 28 imported root balls and 18 of national origin to obtain 2.29 million 200 thousand seedlings.
This amount of seeds will be distributed in 230 hectares that are conditioned for the modality of sun, from which is the filling and capote (layer that gives the flavor to the tobacco) for the consumption in the country, explained Perdomo Martinez.
Another 500 hectares will also be planted in the cover variant in order to ensure export layer, said the director.
Since 2006 the plan to plant covered tobacco has been on the rise, with 20 hectares added during the last campaign to reach 500, which allows them to respond to demand and remain among the first three Cuban entities that achieve with quality this important line for sale abroad, after one in Mayabeque and another in Matanzas, added Perdomo Martinez.
The Ciego de Avila agricultural sector added to its foreign marketing portfolio the rolled cigars produced in the Base Business Unit (UEB) of Tamarindo, in the municipality of Florence.
This is the first of the three factories that are dedicated to cigars, in including their productions in the Cuban export system through a contract with the joint venture Habanos S.A, whom it supplies with assortments of Montecristo 4 and JLPiedra brands.

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