Iran’s Saffron exports rise 36 percent in 6 months

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s saffron exports in the first half of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2014-September 22, 2014) increased 36 percent compared with the corresponding period in the last year.

“The exports of saffron have had a 36-percent growth in the first six months of the current year in terms of weight and value compared with the same period last year,” Head of Iran’s Saffron Exporters Union Gholamreza Aqamiri told FNA on Saturday.

Noting that Iran’s saffron exports have seen an eye-catching growth in the first six months of the current Iranian year, he said 44.732 tons of saffron have been exported to 48 world states in the said period.

Aqamiri said that the UAE, Spain, China and Saudi Arabia are the major importers of Iran’s saffron.

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.

By Fars News Agency


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