Saf­fron Rev­o­lu­tion

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

To in­crease saf­fron cul­ti­va­tion across the coun­try, the Afghan Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Ir­ri­ga­tion and Live­stock is go­ing to dis­trib­ute some 280 tonnes of saf­fron bulbs among the lo­cal farm­ers. The Min­istry has also pro­vided saf­fron cul­ti­va­tion train­ing to some 5,000 farm­ers in 34 prov­inces, while many farm­ers are be­ing sent abroad for fur­ther train­ing. The gov­ern­ment has also es­tab­lished a state-of-the-art test­ing lab­o­ra­tory and many saf­fron pro­cess­ing and pack­ag­ing units through­out the coun­try. Mak­ing some 5.3 tonnes of saf­fron per year, Afghanistan has the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 70 tonnes of saf­fron an­nu­ally.

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