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Saffron: climate change far from only problem

May 17, 2022 at 10:14 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. While Iran’s saffron exports slumped by 60% in April, average export prices nearly tripled. Now, the market has started to turn. Not, however, because buyers have had enough but rather because hopes are low that Iran’s nuclear deal will be revived - and yet, some progress has recently been made.

Costly incompetence

Iran shipped as little as 6,515 kg of saffron overseas in April. This is a 60% decline on the 16,096 kg exported in April last year. Average export prices have, by contrast, soared by 160%. While prices still ranged at USD 485/kg in April 2021, they hit USD 1,260/kg last month. Although the sharp decline in production and low market inventories are certainly to blame for these developments, suppliers point out that last year’s drought and excessively high temperatures in summer are not the only issue.

Besides the climate crisis, the

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