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Afghanistan Will Showcase Its Agricultural Riches at Gulfood 2013

Thirty Afghan traders will showcase the country’s agricultural riches, ranging from saffron and pomegranates to apples and nuts, at a three-day Gulfood Exhibition which opens today in Dubai. The renowned Gulfood Exhibition, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is

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Afghan women engaged in saffron business

Negin Saffron is the brand name and registered trademark of The Afghan Women’s Saffron Association (AWSA), which is an umbrella organization of several women, that led saffron growers and processers in the Herat province. AWSA consist of over 1000 of

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90% of Herat’s saffron exported to foreign countries

Herat has exported 90% of saffron to European countries like France, Italy and Spain and the United Arab Emirates during the outgoing year. Three tonnes of saffron were produced from 700 hectares of land in 2012, compared with two tonnes in 2011,

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Helmand’s pilot saffron projects show good results

According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, the agriculture ministry is distributing saffron seeds to growers in 11 of districts in Helmand. This comes after the successful conduct of pilot saffron projects that were undertaken in the province, where cultivation of

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Afghanistan's Saffron Export Increases 14%

By Shahla Murtazaei-Tolo News Saffron exports in the first nine months of 2012 increased by around 14% compared to the year before, said the Afghanistan Raisin, Fruits and Vegetable Promotion Agency on Saturday. Around 1,600 kilograms of saffron were exported

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Afghanistan’s Saffron Export Increases 14%

By Shahla Murtazaei-Tolo News Saffron exports in the first nine months of 2012 increased by around 14% compared to the year before, said the Afghanistan Raisin, Fruits and Vegetable Promotion Agency on Saturday. Around 1,600 kilograms of saffron were exported

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Ghazni farmers happy about their saffron yield

A number of farmers have expressed their contentment about their production of saffron this year. Ghazni farmers began growing saffron on their lands only a few years back and have had a remarkable yield of this crop. According to one

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Agriculture Ministry touts the success of saffron in Nangarhar

In a pilot program under the Ministry of Agriculture, some farmers in Nangarhar have switched from opium cultivation to saffron and have said that their income has more than doubled from the sale of spice. Saffron is a well-known spice

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Commerce Ministry is responsible for finding market for saffron- Council of Ministers

The Council of Ministers assigned the Ministry of Commerce to find market for saffron productions. According to newsletter of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries is responsible for taking serious steps in expanding the business for

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Saffron touted as the best alternative to poppy

Given the high sales price of the spice and its compatibility with the arid Afghan environment, saffron industry is supported by the Afghan government. Earlier this year, the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock distributed 65,000 kg of saffron

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Afghan women interested in cultivation of saffron in Jawzjan province

Lately, dozens of residents in the district of Aaqcha and city of Sheberghan, who have been provided with the opportunity of learning about the cultivation of saffron, have begun practical work on the cultivation and fostering of saffron. Officials say

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Saffron prices have fallen in Afghanistan

Saffron farmers union in Herat said if the government does not support saffron farmers, they will turn back to growing opium on their lands. This concern arises when a number of saffron farmers complained about the falling prices of saffron

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Drug cartels discourage saffron cultivation

Saffron is yet to emerge as a major alternative to poppy cultivation in Afghanistan due to the presence of international drug lords, who control the lucrative drug commerce, agriculture officials said on Tuesday. In 2007, Afghanistan produced 95 percent of

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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

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