Tough to imagine having watched it live a couple of days ago and the link being dated 5/23/21. Maybe the production links in the article are dated but I don't recall specific numbers in the live show. They even discuss the sanctions being re-imposed last year. Big topic was the tremendous growth in sales to China.
I have always been impressed with your knowledge of CC's but it seems you don't believe that cigars have a small fermentation period after rolling due to being dampened and rolled. I've been rolling for years and I find the "sick" period to be a few weeks. You can smoke them within a day or two or you should let them rest for at least 3 weeks. I've never heard a home roller disagree with the concept of a "sick period". It's not an issue for commercial cigars since they never make it to market within the first few weeks.