TEHRAN(Basirat): Medicinal Plants Project Manager of the Iranian Agriculture Ministry Hussain Zainali said on Sunday that Iranian farmers will produce a sum of 430 tons of saffron in the current fiscal year (March 20, 2019-March 20, 2020.
"About 113,000-115,000 hectares of land have been used for saffron cultivation since March 2019, and the farmers are expected to produce 430 tons of saffron this year,” Zainali said.
Saffron is cultivated in 22 Iranian provinces, but Khorasan Razavi, North Khorasan and South Khorasan provinces in Eastern Iran account for almost 90 percent of the country's total saffron output.
The saffron industry has created some 200,000 jobs across the pre-harvest, harvest, post-harvest, processing, sorting and packaging chain.
Iran produced 404 tons of saffron during the year to March 20, of which 280 tons were exported.
The priceless plant was sent to more than 40 countries. Spain, Vietnam, Qatar and the UAE were Iran’s biggest saffron importers during last year.