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For making cigars, tobacco is grown all over the world, from Poland to South Africa, from Argentina to Canada and, westbound, from to Mexico. But cigar tobaccos are mainly grown in the intertropical areas. Tobacco is known as a plant originally from America. Some species were identified in South Pacific. There are various species and varieties. Not all of them are utilized in smoking products. Most are grown as ornamental plants as they’re frequently blooming, showing colours from white to dark red and purple. 

Here are a number of the nations wherein tobacco is grown, to produce your cigars. Argentina grows dark air cured tobacco in the provinces of Misiones and Corrientes, and the hardened tobacco in the area of Salta. Misiones has also a production of Burley type. These tobaccos are mainly for cigarettes, but Corrientes is valued for short filler cigars due to its smooth taste. Argentina used to be a big producer and exporter, but changes in the economic and income tax policies have seriously damaged the production, making the tobacco too costly to be competitive on the international marketplace. 

Consequently, production volumes have decreased. Brazil is among the largest world’s tobacco producers. The East Central State of Bahia is an essential cigar tobacco growing area, about 100 miles west of the state capital, Salvador da Bahia, an active port on the Atlantic Coast. The Northern State of Alagoas hosts a production around the city of Arapiraca where maduro cigar casings are grown. The Southern states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina produce tobacco for cigarettes and pipe. Cameroon cigar wrappers are grown in the East area of the country. The growing area spreads over the eastern border, into the Central African Republic. 

Wrappers are air grown, without fertilizers and pesticides, by small farmers. The average plantation size is about one acre. The seed is originally from Sumatra, introduced within the country just after WWII. Grown first for French Monopoly needs, the tobacco was offered on the international marketplace when production was too large for this single use. Well valued by European producers and large American cigars companies, Cameroon wrapper production dropped down throughout the late eighties, due to poor management. 

Today, quantities are small and quality might be better. China is by far the biggest tobacco producer, with about 5 millions metric tons. United States follows with about one million metric tons. Chinese tobacco is a flue cured type, not aromatic and a bit sharp in taste. This tobacco isn’t appropriate for cigars. It’s mainly used for local cigarette consumption. A small quantity is exported. Cigarette industries import the tobacco and use it as a neutral and inexpensive filler. Connecticut, USA – The Connecticut Valley, in the Northeast of the United States, is well known for its bright yellow cigar wrapper.