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Saffron worth $27m exported in 8 months, ministry

KABUL: Saffron worth up to 27 million U.S. dollar have been exported over the last eight months, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) was quoted by media as saying. According to the ministry’s spokesperson Akhundzada Abdul Salam Jawad, the overall quantity of saffron is nearly 3 metric tons, and it is exported to various countries of the world, the private TOLOnews reported. “During the eight months of the 1402 solar year, about 28,620 kilograms of saffron, worth 27 million dollars were exported, mostly to India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkiye, Indonesia, Spain, Germany, the U.S., and England,” Jawad said. Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said in addition to the fact that the price of saffron has increased in the world market compared to the previous government, the production of this product has also increased. “Saffron used to be cheap compared to the past, especially during the republic government. But now, the prices have since gone up, and the production of saffron has grown in comparison to the past. How ever, its transportation is a bit difficult,” said Khanjan Alkozi, a member of ACCI. According to saffron exporters, despite the fact that Afghanistan has been going through multiple droughts for a number of years, farmers’ efforts have resulted in a significant output and export of saffron to nations around the world. Businessmen asked the Islamic Emirate to provide more facilities for transporting saffron to foreign countries through air corridors. “Fortunately, Afghan saffron has found its place in the global market. We are hopeful that we will have more exports and that the Islamic Emirate will pay more attention to the export of Afghan saffron or transfers of this product,” Mohammad Nadir Maliki, a businessman, told TOLOnews. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), 200 farmers have received training to enable them to increase the production of this spice in other provinces in an effort to promote the saffron plant throughout the nation. Staff reporter: Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.