55% slump in production
Rainfall has declined by as much as 62% in the last twelve months as compared with the previous year. To make matters worse, temperatures dropped significantly in autumn and winter, which further hampered production and processing. This prompted production to slump by 55% in Khorasan Razavi and in South Khorasan. While production ranged at 450 mt in recent years, it has now declined to as little as 200 mt.
Iran has the capacity to process 620 mt of saffron in 205 u