Saf­fron Trade

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Saf­fron ex­port from Afghanistan to Euro­pean and Asian mar­kets has in­creased by 67 per­cent as com­pared to last year, ac­cord­ing to the Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s saf­fron is mainly ex­ported to Italy, Spain, Ger­many, Swe­den, U.S.A., France, In­dia and Ta­jik­istan.

Farm­ers in western Herat were the first to start cul­ti­va­tion of saf­fron in Afghanistan and were en­cour­aged by the Afghan gov­ern­ment and in­ter­na­tional donors to grow saf­fron in­stead of opium. Afghanistan’s saf­fron is fa­mous for its qual­ity and has been rec­og­nized as the best saf­fron on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional fairs. The cost of one kilo­gram of saf­fron is around $1,400 to $2,000 in Afghan mar­kets.

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