Iran plans to quadruple saffron output by 2021
Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr. 2/ Trend F.Milad/
The Iranian administration has developed a plan for raising the annual saffron output to 500 tons by 2021, Fars news agency reported.
The plan envisaged boosting the saffron output to 500 tons in 2021 from 130 tons in the current year and boosting exports to over $1 billion through identifying new markets.
Iran accounts for around 96 per cent of the world's total saffron production. The country exports saffron to 46 countries including European and Persian Gulf countries.
Due to its diverse climate and fertile soil, Iran's agricultural 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.