Iran sees 40 tons rise in saffron output
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 28/ Trend F.Milad/
Iran's saffron output is forecasted to hit 250 tons in the current year, showing 40 tons rise compared to the last year, the head of the association of saffron farmers of South Khorasan Province stated.
Last year, over 130 tons of saffron produce was exported, which was 47 percent more than the figure in its preceding year, Ali Hosseini told the ISNA News Agency on Monday.
He put the domestic consumption of saffron at 40 tons approximately.
The Iranian administration has developed a plan for raising the annual saffron output to 500 tons by 2021, the Fars News Agency said in a report.
The plan has envisaged boosting the saffron output to 500 tons in 2021 and boosting exports to over $1 billion.
Iran accounts for around 96 percent of the world's total saffron production. The country exports saffron to 46 countries including European and the Persian Gulf countries.
Due to its diverse climate and fertile soil, Iran's agriculture products are rated among the best in the world with its saffron standing second to none.
Around 300 tons of saffron, which is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus, are produced worldwide each year, with Iran, Spain, India, Greece, Azerbaijan, Morocco and Italy accounting for the largest shares, according to Press TV.