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3-fold increase expected in saffron production in next 5 years

3-fold increase expected in saffron production in next 5 years

Sep 03, 2016 - 16:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Livestock and Irrigation (MALI) on Saturday announced 280 tonns of saffron bulbs would be distributed to farmers for the reproduction of the crop, saying the ministry also planned to issue licenses to a number of saffron processing companies this year.

According to a statement from MALI received by Pajhwok Afghan News, 230 out of 280 tons of saffron bulbs would be distributed by the ministry and the rest of others by cooperative organizations.

The statement added the ministry was able to implement its major plans this year such as creating laboratories, training and issuing standard licenses for improving the production of saffron and extending its irrigation areas.

MALI is committed to issue ISO licenses to nine saffron processing companies for exporting the product to foreign countries with standard quality, the source added.

The source said Afghanistaninfo-icon saffron was identified as best saffron in the worldinfo-icon, therefore the ministry trying to increase its cultivation and replace it with narcotics.

The current amount of saffron product is 5.3 tons, but the amount would be increased to 14 tons in the next five years based on the MALI plan, the statement added.



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