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Saffron: exports are next to impossible

September 13, 2021 8:51 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Saffron corms are grown in Iran’s South Khorasan Province from early August until late September. Harvesting takes place in in mid-October through to early December. Prospects are not exactly encouraging this year as farmers are not quite as enthusiastic. Exports have become next to impossible due to the impact of the coronavirus and tougher international standards.

Farmers are being put off

Saffron has been cultivated for more than 700 years in South Khorasan, mainly in the desert and in areas with less water. Although South Khorasan is the second most important region in terms of production within Iran and the best quality is produced here, prospects could be better. Issue is that the cultivated area is only expected to grow by 250-300 hectares this year, although the area normally rises by 400 to 450 hectares every year. The cultivated area should reach 17,152 hectares this year. Production is, however, not expected to range

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