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