On Jan,13th, China National Tobacco Corporation (Sichuan) and CDF, the world’s largest grower and dealer of cigar tobacco, held their cooperation signing ceremony in Chengdu. This is the first cigar tobacco international cooperation project in China, laying material and technique foundation for Chinese cigar to go global.
According to the agreement, CDF will offer Sichuan superior cigar tobacco breeds and related planting and processing techniques. This year, small-scale test planting of seven breeds will be conducted in Shifang to screen the breeds. Next year, researches on processing and modulation techniques will be carried out. The year after next large-scale planting will be promoted. The product will first satisfy the cigar production need in Sichuan and then China and the world. Sichuan will finally be forged into China’s, even the world’s major base of cigar tobacco.
Sichuan is currently the largest cigar production base in China. Shifang cigar takes up over 60% of the nation’s total production. Yet, domestic cigar tobacco can not meet the production need and the production has been relying on imported cigar tobacco. CDF, headquartered in Holland, has over 125-year’s specialized experience on tobacco. It has subsidiaries in Brazil, Dominica and other countries, sending tobacco leaf to big cigar producers and smokeless tobacco producers in the world.