Cuba may produce record cigar output
Tabacuba head Oscar Basulto told state media the 80 million output in the
six months was Cuba's largest half-year production and predicted output would
gain further pace in the second half to reach the official annual target of 170
Last year, Cuba produced 117 million cigars for export, and the previous
was 148 million in 1999. Industry sources attributed this year's improved
performance to better weather conditions and an internal reorganization of the
Cigars and tobacco leaf are Cuba's third export earner after sugar and
garnering $280 million in 1999 and around $150 million in 2000.
Spain is Cuba's largest cigar market, accounting for more than 38 percent
exports last year, followed by France at 14 percent and sales to tourists visiting
Cuba, which are included in the export category, at more than 7 percent.
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