KABUL, Afghanistan – The country is expecting to yield at least 24 metric tons of saffron in 2020, marking a 10% increase this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock.
“Saffron production in Afghanistan is expected to reach around 24 metric tons this year,” said the ministry spokesman Akbar Rustami as quoted by local media.
This year, at least 8,000 hectares of land were used to grow the spice, compared to 7,550 last year, according to the Ministry’s official.
Meanwhile, a number of saffron growers compares this year’s income, saying they started to earn more as their product found its way to international market, including Saudi Arabia and China.
“We expect the government to work harder in this sector…so that Herat saffron can find its place again,” said Abdul Hadi Nazari, a saffron dealer in Herat province as quoted by a local media.
“We also have saffron from last year, which we could not export,” said Allauddin Amiri, another saffron dealer in Herat.
Afghan saffron prices range up to $1,000 dollars per kilogram, making it one of the best product in world market.