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MoAIL promotes saffron cultivationBy Ahmad Quraishi Sep 22, 2011 - 16:08
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MoAIL) will distribute 75 tonnes of saffron seedlings in 15 provinces to promote its cultivation in the country.
Saffron seedlings were purchased from western Herat province, Agriculture Affairs Officer Bashir Ahmad Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan New.
Purchased in coordination with the Saffron Growers Association, the seedlings would be handed to growers in Nangarhar, Laghman, Daikundi, Paktia, Logar, Kabul, Wardak, Kapisa, Parwan, Faryab, Balkh, Jawzjan, Takhar and Kunduz provinces, he added.
Head of Saffron Grower's Association Bashir Ahmad Rashidi stressed the seedlings, costing 237.5 afs per kilo, be transported and distributed to farmers as soon as possible because the sowing season would end shortly.
Growers sold out pure saffron harvest for 70,000 to 150,000 afs per kilogram last year, officials said, adding Iran, one of the main producers, avoided exporting its seedlings to Afghanistan.
Used as season and spice on food, the plants grow well in subtropical climate, officials said.