Saffron: cold spell damages crop

November 2, 2020 12:46 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Khorasan Razavi is the production hotspot for saffron in Iran. Harvesting started in mid-October in different parts of the region. A recent cold spell has, however, caused damage.

Cold weather to impact production

Iran’s saffron cultivation is estimated at 120,000 ha and production is set to climb by 3.5% to 500 mt. Around 10% of production are consumed domestically meaning that around 450 mt will be available for export. In accounting for 90-95% of global production Iran holds a monopoly. This monopoly has, however, been challenged in recent years with the emergence of other producing countries. Trouble is also that 90% of overseas shipments are bulk exports. These are far less profitable than shipments of smaller packages. Despite the

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