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Saffron: production to slump by 35%

October 26, 2021 at 9:53 AM, Der AUDITOR
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MASHHAD. Saffron production will slump by as much as 35% in Iran’s Khorasan Razavi province this year. Iran accounts for 92% of global production, of which 70% are grown in Khorasan Razavi. Harvesting high-quality saffron is a challenge.

Harvesting has started

Local estimates state that production will range below 200 mt this year, whereas 302 mt were produced last year. Issue are the adverse weather conditions. Precipitation, for instance, declined by 62% last year and has not recovered this year so far. Last year’s unusually cold weather also impacted production and processing in autumn and winter, from which the market still has to recover. Khorasan Razavi exports around 70% of its production. Around 117,000 households make a living from saffron and 1,500 people are employed in processing t

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