PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA, Dec 23 (BERNAMA-NNN- PRENSA LATINA) - Farmers in Cuba's western province are stepping up tobacco planting for a larger crop next year.
The region has an international reputation for the excellence of its tobacco and it contributes over 50 percent of the domestic production of the leafs for use in making internationally famous Cuban cigars.
The regional agricultural director Enrique Cruz said the farmers are optimistic over the good health of the crops and the weather conditions which are favourable for cultivation.
During the current planting season the farmers of the province (140 km west of Havana) expect to plant 17,000 hectares more than in previous years.
Work is currently in progress and to date 12, 078 hectares have already been planted, Cruz said.They expect to complete the task by next month.
The experience and stability of the labour force in the province are prerequisites for achieving high levels of quality, said Cruz.
Thursday, December 23, 2010