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Cuba maintains tobacco production despite Covid-19

Havana, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban tobacco agribusiness authorities stated today that this sector maintains its activity, despite the impact of Covid-19.
A report from the Granma newspaper added that amid the complex situation caused by the disease, the production of exportable tobacco does not stop.He

pointed out that tobacco contributed nearly 270 million dollars to the Cuban economy in 2019, due to exports.

The director of the Experimental Station of Tobacco of San Juan y Martínez, doctor of science Nelson Rodríguez, assured that the dynamism is due to the combination of four fundamental factors: climate, soil, experience of farmers and varieties that are planted.

He insisted that if someone took the Cuban seeds to any other place, they would not achieve the same result, and given the relevance of the product, the activity remains especially in the west.

He stressed that despite the ravages of the measures of economic, financial and commercial barriers of the United States against Cuba for more than 50 years, Cuban tobacco is currently spread by 150 countries and the demand does not stop growing.

For this, in the midst of the complex situation caused by the pandemic, the production of exportable tobacco does not stop, he said.

He reported that this line generated 270 million dollars the previous year, a sum that represents 70 percent of Cuban agriculture exports.

He highlighted that behind those figures, Las Vegas in Pinar del Río have a decisive weight.

From them, and more precisely, from the Vueltabajo tobacco massif (municipalities of San Juan and Martínez, San Luis, Pinar del Río and Consolación del Sur), all the raw materials that make up the Habanos come out, except for the cape, which is also obtained in other territories.

In 1856, Dean (i.e., head of the college) Henry Liddell arrived at Christ Church, bringing with him his young family, all of whom would figure largely in Dodgson's life over the following years, and would greatly influence his writing career. Dodgson became close friends with Liddell's wife Lorina and their children, particularly the three sisters Lorina, Edith, and Alice Liddell. He was widely assumed for many years to have derived his own "Alice" from Alice Liddell; the acrostic poem at the end of Through the Looking Glass spells out her name in full, and there are also many superficial references to her hidden in the text of both books.

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Habanos Quality Control

Everyday the Workshop Manager (El Jefe de Galerasupervises the work of the cigar rollers. At the same time supervisors, who are themselves top grande torcedores , oversee each brigade of 30 to 40 workers watching their technique and checking the dimensions of the cigars they are making.

Finished cigars are placed in lidless, wooden boxes, open at the front like office out-trays, called mini-roderos  or cajuelas.

Each mini-rodero is labelled with the Torcedor’s number, the vitola de galera and the date of manufacture. Afterwards the mini-roderos are placed inside larger wooden receptacles called roderos, which then go to the quality control department where technicians check the cigars for weight, length, girth, consistency, construction and appearance, particularly examining the tightness of the wrappers and the finish of the caps.

In 1856, Dean (i.e., head of the college) Henry Liddell arrived at Christ Church, bringing with him his young family, all of whom would figure largely in Dodgson's life over the following years, and would greatly influence his writing career. Dodgson became close friends with Liddell's wife Lorina and their children, particularly the three sisters Lorina, Edith, and Alice Liddell. He was widely assumed for many years to have derived his own "Alice" from Alice Liddell; the acrostic poem at the end of Through the Looking Glass spells out her name in full, and there are also many superficial references to her hidden in the text of both books.

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