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Saffron: estimates show extent of damage

February 3, 2022 8:41 AM, Der AUDITOR
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MASHAD. Iran's saffron production centers in the Khorasan Razavi Province. According to the Agricultural Organisation of Iran, the plant is cultivated on a total area of 121,000 ha, of which 90,900 ha are located here and the province is also home to around 76% of the farms that grow saffron. Low rainfall and drought have had a disastrous impact on production this year.

 

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

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