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.