According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, the government planned to build 38 new Saffron processing centers in seven provinces of Afghanistan this year.
These centers will be built in Herat, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, Balkh, Daikundi, Ghazni, and Faryab provinces, the ministry stated.
According to the ministry of agriculture launching these centers will facilitate surging saffron yield, its quality, and value.
Saffron is one of the major export products of Afghanistan, Afghan saffron has reportedly been sold for up to $1,000 per kilogram in the international market due to its premium quality.
But the prices for the product have dropped dramatically over the past years.
Saffron farming has also enhanced women’s participation in economic activities and persuaded the specified gender role to be productive outside the household.
Previously, Afghanistan and its partnering donors launched advocating and promoting saffron for being an alternative to the cultivation of opium poppy, as a commodity that can be adjusted with the market-led approach to Afghanistan’s agriculture sector.
Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit reported that planting saffron helps provide a basis for growth and employment opportunities envisaged in the country, Ariana News reported.