Tobacco Asia

Volume 19, Number 3

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 58 of 75

tobaccoasia 59 tories. But the farms started over again, with the impressive results that we see today. Nowadays, thanks to its tradition, social peace, economic growth, and geological diversity, Nica- ragua is becoming a strong and essential actor in the cigar industry. Nicaraguan cigar manufacturers come from different horizons: Cuban roots, European tradi- tion, and North-American production, making it one of the most interesting environments boasting a wide range of choices, from cheap and common cigars, simple in taste and quality, to the most so- phisticated blends of richness, character, and taste. Generally perceived in the past – with the ex- ception of a few brands – as cheap and of poor, the trend is now of a strong growing quality for Nicaraguan cigars. In the last few years, Nicaragua has firmly be- come the second premium cigar producing coun- try in volume, after the Dominican Republic. In third and forth positions are Honduras and Cuba, with roughly the same amount produced. Nicara- gua and tobacco are now inseparable: the tobacco industry is one of the largest employers in the country: about 30% of the people of Nicaragua depend on the industry for their living. Moreover, Nicaragua is becoming an indis- pensible producer of raw materials as Nicaraguan leaves enter into many blends of other countries' cigars. Aside from its strong cigar tradition, the rea- son for Nicaragua to acquire such a vital position in the industry is the huge surface of fertile soils adapted to tobacco culture, including a rare vari- ety of geological characteristics, soil profiles, and microclimates. Estelí is the capital of cigar production and houses a few major cigar factories, the largest be-

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Tobacco Asia - Volume 19, Number 3