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Saffron: production takes a hit

November 18, 2022 at 9:27 AM, Der AUDITOR
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MASHHAD. Annual production normally exceeds 300 mt in Iran’s Khorasan Razavi Province, but climatic conditions have changed and production now only ranges at 150 mt. The decline in prices witnessed in recent years also contributed to this trend as farmers had less incentive to grow saffron. Now the tide may, however, be turning.

Prospects far from encouraging

Issue is that last year’s 50% decline in production prompted by drought and a downturn in the area under cultivation not only capped supplies but also drove up prices, which may provide a good incentive for farmers to grow saffron again in the years to come. Saffron cultivation spans a total area of 121,000 ha in Iran, of which 76% (91,000 ha) are located in Khorasan Razavi.

Prospects for this year’s production may be better than last year but are still far from encouraging. Drought and high air temperatures coupled

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