Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2013

Cuba to cultivate new high-yield tobacco

HAVANA, Cuba – In an effort to increase tobacco-leaf productivity, the Cuban agriculture ministry will introduce a new high-yield tobacco variety in its current campaign.

Senior specialist at the Tobacco Research Institute, Eumelio Espinoso, said the introduction of the variety known as Corojo 2006 will allow an increase in the tobacco-leaf yield of over 2.7 tons per hectare.

According to the strategy, 12 percent of the land dedicated to growing dark tobacco leaves will be planted with the new variety this year; to later progressively expand its cultivation in eastern Cuban provinces.

The tobacco variety is very resistant to pests that affected Cuban plantations over the past decades, the specialist said.

Meanwhile, the head of the agricultural department at Cuba’s Tabacuba enterprise, Gonzalo Rodriguez, said that the new variety constitutes a technological advancement achieved through the systematic efforts by scientists to maintain the high quality and prestige of Habano cigars around the world.

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