Iran to increase saffron export

Business Materials 11 January 2011 15:52 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 11 / Trend, A.Yusifzade /

Iran has exported some 67,884 tons of saffron within the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year, started March 21, 2010, Irib News Agency quoted Chief of the Union of Sellers and Exporters of Saffron, Gholam Reza Miri as saying.

He predicted that exports in the sector would witness a 100 percent increase to reach 90 tons by the end of the year.

Miri added IRI's saffron exports were about 57,353 tons two years ago and the figure reached 57,408 tons last year.

He went on to say that in past years the price of exported saffron was $2300 to $3200 which caused Iran lost its customers, and now by reducing the price to $1500 to $1900, Iran has found its market in the world.

Miri said Iran exports saffron to 46 countries including European and Persian Gulf regional countries.

He stated that about 95 percent of the world's saffron is produced in Iran.