Exceptional soil conditions, a particular climate and the long experience of tobacco growers make the San Juan y Martinez massif the best land for the production of the leaves, which make Cuban cigars so admired.
Participants in the XVIII Habano Festival toured on Tuesday the fields of the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, considered as the place where the best tobacco leaves are harvested.
The tour allowed visitors to appreciate the different stages of the tobacco crop, such as the sorting of leaves, their selection, the planting of seeds, and the drying process. Furthermore, they were able to appreciate the experience of the farmers, whose families have been in the business for years and uphold indisputable traditions that give the cigars their stamp of distinction.
(Soundbite, Spanish) Jose Hernandez, tobacco farmer
“I have been surrounded by tobacco since I was a child. I have always known tobacco. Now, I think that things will change. The relations with the United States are changing so I think things will get better. ”
The Habano Festival is organized by Habanos SA, a joint venture between state-owned Cubatabaco and Altadis, the Franco-German subsidiary of British multinational Imperial Tobacco.