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Herat to harvest over 8 tons of saffron this year

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock department in Herat said Herat farmers expect to harvest over eight tons of saffron this year. Department’s head Abdul Saboor Rahmani said the number of acres of land cultivated for saffron has increased from last year’s

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Afghan government to distribute 500 tons of saffron bulbs to farmers

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock will distribute 500 tons of saffron bulbs one month ahead of the planting season to help farmers cultivate 3,000 acres of saffron in the country. The country’s saffron is exported to Arab

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Afghan government to distribute 500 tons of saffron bulbs to farmers

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) plans to distribute over 500 tons of saffron bulbs to farmers in 30 provinces this year, marking the launch of the national five-year plan for saffron development. The ministry will establish

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Afghan government to launch 5-year plan for saffron development

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) will launch a 5-year plan for countrywide development of saffron cultivation and harvest in the next year. Ministry’s spokesperson Lutfullah Rashid said the plan involved establishment of two laboratories for saffron

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Saffron cultivated lands in Afghanistan up by 800 hectares this year

The western Herat province, home for Afghanistan’s saffron, hosted the second Saffron Flower National Festival on Wednesday. Saffron farmers displayed saffron flower and demonstrated how to collect pure saffron. Held at the Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi hall in Herat city,

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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

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Afghanistan expects a 3-fold increase in saffron in next 5 years

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MAIL) plans to increase saffron production in the country from the current amount of 5.3 tons to 14 tons in the next five years. The ministry has managed to establish laboratories, training

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Afghanistan approves 5yr national development plan for saffron

Afghan Finance Ministry announced Sunday that the High Economic Council approved the 5-year national development plan for saffron. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi has asked Afghanistan’s Agriculture Ministry to identify the challenges facing saffron development in the country. The Agriculture Ministry

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Saffron production up by 17% in Afghanistan

Saffron production in Afghanistan has increased by 17%, according to Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). Afghanistan has produced 4,675 of saffron this year compared to last year’s 4,000kg with majority of the spice grown in western Herat

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Afghan women’s income improves with increase in saffron yield

Women in northern Jawzjan province have witnessed a considerable increase in their income with three-fold increase in saffron yield. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), saffron corms were distributed to 200 farmers, including 125 women, as a pilot project in

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Distribution of saffron corms to farmers in Samangan province

 The agriculture department in Samangan province has distributed 200kg saffron corms to eight farmers to grow in their fields and test the productivity. Noor Mohammad, Head of the agriculture department, said the Red Crescent Society had initiated the project of

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Herat farmers to make 500mn AFN this year from saffron business

Saffron harvest season has kicked off in Herat province and farmers are expecting to generate about 500mn Afghanis in revenue this year. According to Herat’s agriculture officials, almost 1,000 hectares of land were planted with saffron and 140tons of saffron

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Saffron flower festival held in Herat province

The first saffron flower festival was held in western Herat province on Wednesday to appreciate the works of saffron producers in the country. The pioneer province in the cultivation of saffron, Herat expects to produce more than 4 tons of

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Saffron to become a countrywide crop in Afghanistan

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)plans to distribute saffron bulbs to farmers in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. This comes as Afghan farmers have urged the government to support the expansion of saffron cultivation in the country.

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Agricultural products grow considerably this year: Agriculture Ministry

Favorable climate, improved irrigation, provision of trainings for farmers and prevention of diseases are cited as major factors behind this year’s growth in agricultural production. Watermelon, melon, wheat, saffron and greenhouses have witnessed a considerable growth this year, Lutfullah Rashed,

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Students from Harvard Business School sell Afghan saffron

A group of students from Harvard Business School, also military veterans, have established a company to sell retail-packaged saffron to markets in New York. The company called Rumi Spice purchases high-quality saffron directly from farmers in Afghanistan and sells them

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Saffron production on the rise in Afghanistan

In a bid to boost saffron production in the country, the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has established around 100 exhibitive pieces in various provinces to help farmers receive technical support in saffron cultivation. Saffron is witnessing an unprecedented

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High-end Afghan produce featured at Dubai food exhibition

Organic pomegranates, apples, saffron, melons, dried fruit, and nuts produced by more than 20 Afghan companies were on display on Sunday in Dubai, as the Middle East’s biggest annual food exhibition opened its doors. The Gulfood exhibition, which runs from

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Herat hosts conference on saffron cultivation

Afghanistan’s leading province in saffron cultivation, Herat, is currently hosting a 3-day conference on saffron cultivation. The conference is attended by 250 delegates, experts from neighboring countries and university professors. Touted as the best alternative to poppy, saffron industry is

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Afghan farmers demand saffron cultivation training after successful pilot projects

Farmers in Ghazni have demanded training in saffron cultivation after obtaining positive results from last year’s pilot projects. The farmers found the crop business lucrative and have called on the government to provide them further information on how to cultivate

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3,200 kg of saffron corms distributed to Afghan farmers in Daikundi province

In a bid to boost saffron production in the country, Afghan Agriculture Ministry distributed 3,200 kg of Saffron corms to farmers in Nili district of Daikundi province. According to the Ministry’s officials, four saffron pilot programs have been undertaken in

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Saffron production spreads from 20 to 26 provinces across Afghanistan

Ministry of Agriculture officials have reported that saffron production has spread from 20 provinces to 26 provinces in the past year. Given the lucrative business of the expensive spice in the market, more Afghan farmers are turning into saffron production.

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Twofold increase in Saffron production in Kunduz

Saffron Growers Association in Kunduz province has reported that the province has witnessed a twofold increase in the production of saffron compared to last year. “Saffron is the next best alternative to the growth of opium in the province. The

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Afghan Saffron Company ranked 1st by International Taste and Quality Institute

Afghan Saffron Company, a processing company, received the first place in the world for producing quality saffron from the International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi). The Institute selected Afghan saffron product from among 926 products, including foodstuff and beverages as

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1391 a good year for saffron export in Afghanistan

According to the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA), Afghanistan witnessed a 95% increase in its saffron export. Saffron exports augmented to more than 2.8 tons last year. The officials linked the increase to improvement in the product packaging and

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