Tobacco farming makes up only a small fraction of Fiji’s agriculture sector and government is looking at innovative ways to increase the production of such a lucrative commodity.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and his delegation visited the La Cohiba Cigar Factory in Havana, Cuba to learn more about cigar production today.

Prime Minister Bainimarama witnessed first-hand the manual production of cigars and was also briefed on the harvesting processes.

“It’s amazing how these workers make cigars without using high-tech and advance technologies. The end product is of high quality and this is something Fiji can learn from,” he said.

“Fiji has the potential to do tobacco farming on a large scale. We just need the right knowledge and skills to venture into this activity to further boost the agriculture sector and also for improved livelihoods.”

A total of 247 employees work at the factory, majority of whom are women.