Despite the impact of Hurricane Eta, a category 4 hurricane, the 2020-2021 tobacco harvest was not damaged, according to the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco, but is preparing for the imminent impact of Hurricane Iota, also a category 4 hurricane

For the next few months, the Chamber is holding virtual visits to factories and master classes with the manufacturers of the most prestigious Nicaraguan brands.

The 2020-2021 tobacco harvest in Nicaragua is safe, despite the severe impact of Hurricane Eta two weeks ago on this Central American country. This was announced by the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco, after evaluating with tobacco producers in Esteli, the possible damage caused by the rains. However, the arrival of another cyclone is expected tonight, Monday 16 November.

“We are very fortunate because when the cyclone came, the growing season had not yet begun, so most of our producers had not planted yet. However, we are monitoring and already preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Iota, ” said Claudio Sgroi, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco.

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Out of more than 3,850 hectares dedicated to tobacco cultivation in the north, only about 175 hectares have been planted, which have not been greatly affected. “It is true that the soil is saturated and the rain that is expected now will not help,” explained Sgroi, who is also president of Mombacho Cigars of Nicaragua.

However, with the arrival of Hurricane Iota in Category 4, it is foreseeable that the start of the harvest will have to be delayed until optimal conditions are in place, which would entail an adjustment in the cultivation schedule, Sgroi added.

The premium cigar factories did not suffer damage to their infrastructure during Hurricane Eta, a category 4 cyclone, which hit Nicaragua on November 3, leaving severe damage especially on the Northern Caribbean coast.

The Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco recently announced the decision to cancel the next edition of the International Tobacco Festival “Puro Sabor”, scheduled for January 2021.

The decision was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the priority of protecting factory workers and potential visitors to the festival. However, the cancellation of the festival does not mean we are inactive, Sgroi said. “On the contrary, we are preparing for the coming months virtual factory tours and customized virtual master classes by experts and manufacturers of the most prestigious Nicaraguan brands.

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