Iran saffron exports surpass $115 million

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iran has exported $116 million of saffron in the first eight months of Iranian calendar year, started on March 21, 2014.

Iran has sold $79.7 million of saffron in 10-30 gram boxes, and provided other boxes for more than 30 gram saffron which sold $36.1 million.

Iran sold $73.9 million of saffron during the similar period last year. The tally shows that the 10-30 gram saffron sale rose by seven percent in terms of weight this year.

The country sold 10-30 gram saffron for $1463.3 per each kilogram.

Iran exported over $10 million of saffron in boxes above 30 gram for $1381.9 per each kilogram which jumped by 200 and 260 percent respectively in terms of weight and price.

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 Mehr News Agency


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