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Saffron worth $27 million exported from Afghanistan in past 8 months

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan has reported exporting saffron worth 27 million dollars in the past eight months.

Abdulsalam Javad Akhundza, the spokesperson for this ministry, told the media that the total amount of saffron exceeded 28,000 kilograms and has been exported to various countries worldwide.

According to him, saffron exports during the eight months of the year have reached approximately 28,620 kilograms, with a value of 27 million dollars. Most of these exports have gone to countries such as India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Indonesia, Spain, Germany, the United States, and England.

Some saffron exporters also mention that despite Afghanistan experiencing several years of drought in recent times and the country’s farming communities suffering in this regard, the efforts of farmers have resulted in a significant increase in saffron production and exports from Afghanistan.

They are urging the authorities of the Taliban to facilitate further saffron exports to foreign countries through air corridors.

In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock had previously stated that they provided training opportunities for 200 farmers to promote the cultivation of saffron in various provinces of the country.

The Chamber of Commerce and Investment states that Afghan saffron has gained a good share in foreign markets, and its exports flow normally.

Due to favourable climatic conditions, Herat province is the largest saffron producer in Afghanistan. Reports indicate that approximately 80% of the employees in this sector are women.

Currently, there are about 30 saffron trading companies operating in Herat, and over 80% of their employees are women and girls in various saffron processing sectors.

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