Cigars from Nicaragua

After exporting 120 million cigars in 2012, Nicaraguan tobacco companies aim to reach 150 million units in sales in 2013.

Friday, January 11, 2013

If the sale goal is achieved, Nicaragua will have positioned itself as the leading exporter of cigars, removing the Dominican Republic from the top position.

An article in Lavozdelsandinismo.com reports that Fredman Torrez, a member of the Association of Nicaraguan Cigar Makers, said that "in 2011 102 million units were sold abroad, in 2012 120 million were exported and this year its is predicted that 150 million cigars will be sold abroad. "

To add value to the cigars produced in Nicaragua, tobacco producers in Estelí are planning to produce organic tobacco, without using chemical processes during the cultivation and production of each handmade cigar.

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