Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Afghan SAFFRON ranked the best in the world for the third consecutive year

The International Taste and Quality Institute (ITQI) in Brussels ranked Afghan saffron number one for the third consecutive year. Afghan saffron was selected among 300 saffron samples from around the world. Saffron has turned into an important exporting item in Afghanistan and its cultivation is popularized throughout the country since 2002. Presently, an annual production of 3.5 tons of saffron bring in over USD 4,500,000 in revenue to the farmers of Afghanistan. Saffron is currently grown on 1,150 hectares of land across Afghanistan and the government is enhancing efforts to further boost its production. In June 2016, the Afghanistan High Economic Council approved the 5-year National Development Plan for Saffron, and the President of Afghanistan, Dr. Ashraf Ghani, ordered creation of a committee to work on production, processing, promotion & marketing of saffron. Afghanistan will be able to produce about 14 tons of saffron annually in the next four years.

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