The eastern Cuban province of Las Tunas has increased cigar production to meet the growing demand from the international market.
According to statistics, one 1.5 million cigars were made from January to July 2007, and more than 2.5 million units might be produced this year.
Las Tunas, which is 670 kilometers east of Havana, is not a traditional cigar producer, but it has joined the national effort to increase exports since 2004.
Two million cigars were made last year, and the staff working in cigar factories is being trained to improve the quality of the product.
The cigar industry is a major hard-currency earner in Cuba’s economy, which produced an average of 178 million cigars a year from 2000 to 2004.
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