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Rains disrupt Cuba’s tobacco season

| March 6, 2014
Workers carry tobacco leaves to the curing barn on a plantation belonging to one of Cuba’s many co-operatives. Picture: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

Workers carry tobacco leaves to the curing barn on a plantation belonging to one of Cuba’s many co-operatives.
Picture: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

Excessive rain has hit Cuba’s leaf tobacco harvest, with the important growing districts of San Juan y Martínez and San Luis being severely affected, according to a story by Ivet González for Inter Press Services.

González reported that San Juan y Martínez and San Luis, which between them provide about 86 percent of the tobacco used in manufacturing Havana cigars, had suffered from too much rain since the season started in November.

The excessive rain has meant that some farms have had to replant their tobacco three times, so planting deadlines have had to be moved, causing delays to other aspects of the production process.

The full story is at http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/03/untimely-rains-hit-cuban-tobacco-harvest/.

Category: Breaking News

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