CORC ready to co­op­er­ate with FAO on saf­fron ex­port: Of­fi­cial

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

Iran ready to co­op­er­ate with UN Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) on de­vel­op­ing the value chain of Ira­nian saf­fron as part of ef­forts to boost mar­ket­ing in Iran and ex­pand ex­port net­work for the prod­uct.

An­nounc­ing this, Hos­sein Shirzad, the deputy agri­cul­ture min­is­ter and the head of the Cen­tral Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Ru­ral Co­op­er­a­tives of Iran (CORC) said that his or­ga­ni­za­tion has paved the ground for ex­port­ing saf­fron to Euro­pean mar­kets, re­ported.

“Sup­port­ing sus­tain­able saf­fron value chain and im­prov­ing its value added are among our goals,” Shirzad added.

Iran’s cur­rent share in the global saf­fron mar­ket is low, he said, adding that it is ex­pected that CORC and FAO will con­duct stud­ies on saf­fron cul­ti­va­tion to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive plan for saf­fron cul­ti­va­tion and pro­cess­ing.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a na­tional brand in Iran’s saf­fron in target mar­kets, the pres­ence of Ira­nian mer­chants to gain greater global mar­ket share will be among the ob­jec­tives of the plan, Shirzad con­cluded.

Hos­sein Shirzad

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