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NICARAGUA

Tobacco planting season delayed

18 Nov 2020. After Hurricanes Eta and Iota struck Nicaragua, the 2020-2021 tobacco harvest will have to be delayed until optimal conditions are in place, Cigar Journal reported.

Nevertheless, the season in Nicaragua is safe, despite the severe impact of hurricane Eta two weeks ago. This was announced by the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco after evaluating the damage caused by the rains in Estelí, the report said.

“When the cyclone came, the growing season had not yet begun, so most of our producers had not planted yet,” said Claudio Sgroi, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco.

Out of more than 3,850 hectares devoted to tobacco cultivation in the north, only about 175 hectares have been planted so far, which have not been greatly affected.

The premium cigar factories did not suffer any damage to their infrastructure during Hurricane Eta, a category 4 cyclone, which hit Nicaragua on 3 November, causing severe damage, especially on the Northern Caribbean Coast. The damage caused by Hurricane Iota is not yet known.