Afghan saffron ranked first for 3rd consecutive year
The International Taste and Quality Institute (ITQI) in Brussels, Belgium ranked Afghan saffron number one for the third year in a row.
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 4.5mn in revenue to Afghan farmers. Saffron is currently grown on 1,150 hectares of land across Afghanistan and the government is enhancing efforts to further boost production of saffron.
In June 2016, the High Economic Council approved the 5-year national development plan for saffron.
Addressing the meeting on the approval of the plan, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered creation of a committee to work on production, processing, promotion and marketing of saffron in Afghanistan.
According to the development plan for saffron, Afghanistan will be able to produce 14 tons of saffron annually in the next 4 years.
Afghan Agriculture Minister signed an agreement with China earlier this year on export of saffron.
The International Monetary Fund’s management has welcomed Afghanistan’s request for financial support. The talks on the loan will be discussed
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