Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, that climatic conditions in some provinces are most favorable for saffron growth.
He said the amount of saffron yield in the country is increasing, adding that “In 1399, Afghanistan’s saffron production reached to 21 metric tons, of which $26 million” were earned in revenue.
“Afghanistan has the highest level of saffron production in the world after Iran”, said Ahadi.
“Due to the expansion and growth of saffron, the Ministry of Agriculture MAIL will make saffron onions available to farmers freely. He emphasized that MAIL has also achieved good results in processing and packaging of saffron and a well-equipped saffron laboratory and institute has been built in Herat”, the statement read.
On the other hand, Sayed Zaman Hashemi, director of chambers of commerce (ACCI), says that “36 tons of saffron has been exported to India, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Canada, and China this year. He said Afghan saffron is being smuggled and sold to world markets under the name of other countries”, the ministry of agriculture quoted Hashemi in the statement.
According to him, Afghan saffron is smuggled and sold to world markets under the name of other countries.
Samir Matin, head Afghan saffron organizing committee, added that the aim for launching such an exhibition was to attract domestic and foreign investors and markets, and also pave the way for the development of saffron production.
This exhibition was held for three days in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
It is worth mentioning, The International Taste & Quality Institute ITQi in Belgium, this year also selected Afghan saffron as the best and most quality saffron in the world, and became the winner of superior taste.
Previously ITQi had announced Afghan saffron as the best saffron in the world in terms of quality.