Production to shift further north
According to the South Khorasan Agricultural Organisation the average area under cultivation exceeds 17,000 ha in the province. Annual dried saffron production ranges above 70 mt. Cultivation, by contrast, spans 90,000 ha in the Khorasan Razavi province, of which 8,765 ha are located in Torbat-e Heydariyeh county, where around 36 mt of saffron are produced every year. The country has advanced to the world’s leading producer employing 70,000 people, who work directly with saffron.
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