Iran adding hectares to saffron sowing areas in Yazd Province
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
Sowing area for saffron in Iran’s Yazd Province is being expanded by 100 hectares annually, Yadulla Javadpour, head of the department of the Agriculture Organization of Yazd province, told IRNA, Trend reports.
According to Javadpour, 734 hectares of land is currently allocated in Yazd Province for cultivation of saffron.
Javadpour added that more focus is made on sowing plants requiring less water, due to drought in the province.
"Some 2,800 kg of saffron have been collected in Yazd Province during the current Iranian year (started March 21, 2018)," he said.
According to Javadpour, about 4.5 kg of saffron is collected per hectare.
Javadpour said that saffron has been planted in 380 hectares of Behabad County, 90 hectares of Bafq County, 80 hectares of Abarkuh County and 65 hectares of Mehriz County.
Javadpour added that saffron production employs more than 3,000 people.
Iran’s Yazd Province has a 170,000-hectare area suitable for planting. At present, due to an almost 20-year drought and little rainfall, 116,000 hectares are used to this end.