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The tobacco harvest in Cuba's main cigar-producing province fell 12%

The tobacco harvest in Cuba's main cigar-producing province fell 12 percent this year compared to 2006 as excessive rain in the region took a heavy toll, state media reported Wednesday.


Exact figures on the harvest in Pinar del Rio province were not given, but the Communist Party newspaper Granma put the year-to-year decline at 12 percent. It said increased humidity made it possible to harvest the leaves of just 47,880 acres instead of the planned 53,090 acres.
The newspaper also reported that officials have already begun efforts to hire 11,700 workers for the next tobacco harvest. It did not say if they would increase or trim future work forces.
Pinar del Rio in westernmost Cuba is the island's top producer of premium cigar tobacco.
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