Global Recession Reaches Cuba—Cutbacks on Tobacco

Posted: October 7, 2009

The worldwide economic slump has reached into global humidors. The Cuban cigar industry is cutting back its plantings of tobacco, and officials are blaming the economy.

According to a Reuters story published this week, the Cuban tobacco industry has cut plantings by nearly 30 percent and expects to harvest 16 percent less tobacco than in the 2008-09 season. Cuban officials placed the blame on the global economy and cited financial restrictions prohibiting proper investment in the tobacco crop.

Cuban tobacco plantings, said Reuters, were cut to 19,800 hectares (48,888 acres) from 28,200 hectares (69,629 acres), a 28.8 percent decrease.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Log in if you're already registered.

Or register for Cigar Aficionado today—it's free.

Registration allows you to:
  • Keep track of your favorite cigars in your personal humidor.
  • Comment on all our stories.

Forgot your password?

Ratings & Reviews

Search our database of more than 17,000 cigar tasting notes by score, brand, country, size, price range, year, wrapper and more, plus add your favorites to your Personal Humidor.