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Saffron: production is at risk

July 29, 2021 12:47 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Although saffron is the most valuable agri product Iran has, farmers lack incentive to grow the spice. Issue is that saffron prices have remained fixed in the domestic market in recent years, whereas the prices for most other goods have risen. Drought, low farmgate prices and very high production costs are even expected to put a stop to production in Iran.

Production falls short of expectations

Production dates back at least 700 years in Iran’s Khorasan Razavi Province. Saffron has valuable characteristics as it is very well adapted to desert climates, has a high water-use efficiency and is of high economic value. Around 117,000 farmers were engaged in cultivating saffron in Khorasan Razavi last year and around 580,000 people work in the sector. Saffron cultivation requires as many as 210 workers per hectare. As drought and water scarcity are becoming more of an issue purchase prices are low and production costs

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