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Govt Distributes 65,000kg In Saffron Plants

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Govt Distributes 65,000kg In Saffron Plants

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock will distribute 65,000 kilograms of saffron to Afghan farmers, the head of the Saffron Department, Mohammad Mohmand, told TOLOnews.

The Ministry plans to buy saffron plants from farmers with surplus saffron on their lands and distribute it to the farmers in provinces with less cultivation of the plant. It will pay up to 350Afs per kilogram of saffron plants, he added.

The plan will help promote cultivation of saffron all over the country.

According to the Ministry, an acre of land has the capacity to yield up to 800 kilograms of saffron plant. The government will give farmers receiving the distribution up to 400 kilograms of saffron plant each.

Beside technical help, the Agriculture Ministry will also provide tools to cultivate saffron, fertilizer, insecticides and fungicides.

The price of one kilogram of processed saffron in Afghanistan is up to US$3,000 and regionally it can reach as high as $6,000. The international price of saffron reaches up to $8,000 dollars.



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