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Saffron: life made difficult for exporters

July 4, 2022 12:37 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Suppliers have witnessed sharp declines in saffron exports this year. Not only have high prices put off buyers but the Iranian government is also trying everything in its power to make life difficult for exporters. This year’s production is also at stake.

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While farmers will start harvesting saffron in late October, prospects are gloomy. Suppliers are certain that this year’s production will range on similarly low levels as last year, especially in Khorasan, which is Iran’s production hotspot. Estimates on the decline in last year’s production due to drought and excessively high temperatures are, however, far from reliable as they range between 30% and 60%. The silver lining is that the spice is grown in 22 provinces, which partly compensates for any declines in production in

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