The former Quesadillas factory in Colombia’s Central American rainforest has been shut down for good.
The factory in Quesados, a town in the western province of Mato Grosso do Sul, is one of the world’s oldest and most important cigar factories.
It was founded in 1910 and employed some 2,000 people.
It has now closed.
In a statement, the factory’s director, José Miguel Cabezas, said he had received the final decision on the factory closure on Tuesday morning.
He said he would ask for permission to carry on with his work but had not received it.
Cabezas said the factory was unable to produce enough to pay the factory employees and that it would be forced to sell its remaining assets, which include warehouses and workshops.
“There are no other jobs left in the factory, and we will not be able to make any more cigars,” he said.
“We cannot pay our workers enough to continue with this.”
Quesadilla, which means “to break the sun”, has produced the countrys most popular and expensive cigars.