Afghan saffron making gains
LONDON, August 28 (IranMania)
the time when saffron bulbs transferred from Iran to Afghanistan
are being reproduced, American research institutes have
announced that saffron grown in Herat, Afghanistan is more
desirable than the Iranian crop both in terms of quality
and flavor, Iran Daily reported. Last year, less than one
ton of saffron was harvested in Herat and it is projected
that the figure in entire Afghanistan will exceed 1.5 tons
Afghans have transferred saffron bulbs to their country
from Iran while Iran has banned the transfer of saffron
bulbs, which is a genetic reserve, outside the borders.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of Iranian Saffron Farmers?
Union Mohammad Hassan Meshkani recently said, ?Since four
years ago due to the fall in prices of saffron in local
markets, Iranian saffron growers transferred bulbs to Afghanistan
to make up for their losses.?
He noted that the Afghans who until recently worked in Iranian
saffron plantations have managed to increase the efficiency
of saffron plantation by 15 kg in Afghanistan by using desirable
soil and insecticides.
?This is while the efficiency of Iranian saffron plantation
has declined significantly due to drought,? he recalled.
Afghan officials said that last year Afghan saffron ranked
first in the world and saffron plantations can serve as
a viable alternative to poppy plantations given the favorable
climatic conditions for cultivating saffron.