Head of CORC: Iran was top saf­fron pro­ducer in 2017

Tehran Times - - WORLD IN FOCUS -

TEHRAN — Hos­sein Shirzad, head of Cen­tral Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Ru­ral Co­op­er­a­tives of Iran (CORC) has re­cently said that Iran ranked first in saf­fron pro­duc­tion last year with over 88 per­cent of the world’s share.

Ad­dress­ing at­ten­dees in a sym­po­sium called Tar­geted Interventional Strat­egy in Saf­fron Mar­ket, Shirzad said that Iran’s saf­fron ex­port last year was 96 per­cent of the global saf­fron mar­ket.

Iran’s cul­ti­va­tion of saf­fron is gen­er­ally done around 1,350 to 2,200 me­ters above sea level which tends to be the best al­ti­tude for saf­fron cul­ti­va­tion. There­fore, in pric­ing the spice the preser­va­tion of for­eign mar­kets as well as the farm­ers’ in­come should be taken into ac­count.

Shirzad added that Iran’s saf­fron ex­ports re­quires a mod­ern mar­ket and stan­dard pro­duc­tion, thus, if the price of saf­fron is lower than what is sup­posed to be, the do­mes­tic farm­ers will lose out, and if the price is higher, busi­ness­men and for­eign con­sumers will buy saf­fron from other coun­tries, pro­mot­ing the cul­ti­va­tion of the spice in coun­tries like Afghanistan, In­dia, and soon they will be­come Iran’s ri­val.

There­fore, he noted, saf­fron pric­ing is a very sen­si­tive which re­quires the ex­pe­ri­ence and in­struc­tion of all par­ties in­volved in the pro­duc­tion chain, in­clud­ing framers, pack­ag­ing in­dus­try and ex­porters. To that end, the CORC has tried to mod­ern­ize the saf­fron mar­ket and help stan­dard­ize the prod­uct. Last fis­cal year, the or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­ported over 250 tons of saf­fron val­ued over $352 mil­lion to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

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