Saf­fron ex­ports rise 40% in H1

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TEHRAN — Iran’s saf­fron ex­ports in­creased

40 per­cent dur­ing the first half of the cur­rent Ira­nian cal­en­dar year (March 21-Septe­mebr

22) com­pared to the same pe­riod of time in the past year, ac­cord­ing to the vice chair­man of Na­tional Saf­fron Coun­cil.

Gho­lam­reza Miri said some 105 tons of saf­fron worth $145 mil­lion have been ex­ported to 47 coun­tries dur­ing the first half of this year, IRIB re­ported on Satur­day.

Iran’ Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture has an­nounced that the saf­fron out­put in the coun­try will reach 400 tons by the end of cur­rent Ira­nian cal­en­dar year (March 20, 2019).

The an­nual saf­fron pro­duc­tion stood at 326 tons dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year.

Iran’s ex­ports of saf­fron in­creased about 55 per­cent in the past Ira­nian cal­en­dar year com­pared to its pre­ced­ing year, break­ing the record of ex­ports in the past ten years.

Ac­cord­ing to Kaveh Zar­garan, the chair­man of the Agri­cul­tural Com­mit­tee at the Tehran Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­tries, Mines and Agri­cul­ture (TCCIMA), some

236 tons of saf­fron worth over

$326 mil­lion were ex­ported to the des­ti­na­tion mar­kets in the men­tioned pe­riod.

UAE, Hong Kong, Spain, Afghanistan and China were the top im­porters of Ira­nian saf­fron while the top three namely UAE, Hong Kong and Spain ac­counted for over 77 per­cent of the to­tal ex­ports, Zar­garan said.

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