Decline in saffron production
In Iran's Khorasan-Razavi province, the saffron harvest this year runs until around mid/end December. Higher workers' wages and water shortages made cultivation less lucrative for many growers this year. In addition, saffron prices have become much cheaper compared to last year. An estimated 91,000 ha are said to have been planted for this year's crop and market players expect production to decline by 35-45% year-on-year. However, market players do not provide a more precise estimate at this time.
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