These days, the issue of saffron pricing is hot in Iran. With the start of the new saffron harvest season, the issue of determining the price of saffron has received too much attention. The problems and concerns of farmers in the last one or two years have caused the members of the Iranian Parliament, the Saffron Union and the National Saffron Council to intervene in pricing. In the recent meeting of these representatives, the price of saffron for the new season was determined as follows:
Akbar Rostami, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, said that saffron cultivation in Afghanistan has increased by 7% in some areas this year. Afghanistan’s saffron fields are expected to increase by up to 10 percent, which will have a direct impact on increasing saffron yields,” He said.
Iran Is the biggest saffron producer in world. Saffron production in Iran this year is 500 tons, which is 402 tons last year and 96 tons has been added to saffron production in Iran. The area under saffron cultivation in Iran this year is 188 thousand hectares, which was 115 thousand hectares last year. This shows that the main reason for the increase of 96 tons of saffron this year is the increase in yield.
Spain harvests about 1.5 tons of saffron a year, but its exports are about 90 tons; this means exporting Iranian saffron with its own brand. Last year, 122,000 hectares of saffron were planted in the world, of which 115,000 hectares belonged to Iran. Performance and production of saffron per hectare in all countries is on average 4 kg, but it is 3.3 kg in Iran. if the conditions and cultivation are done properly and practically, 20 kilos of saffron will be harvested per hectare.
*Please note that all of these statistics are approximate.