Tehran (IP) - According to Hossein Zeinali, the executive manager of the national medicinal plants project at Iran's Ministry of Agriculture, over 25 tons of saffron, valued at more than $22 million, were exported from the country in the first two months of this year.

Iran PressIran news: Zeinali stated that more than 25 tons of high-quality saffron were exported to 37 countries worldwide from March 21 to May 22, 2024, which corresponds to the first two months of the Iranian calendar year.

The official revealed that China, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Afghanistan, and Italy were the top five destinations for Iran's saffron exports during this period.

Furthermore, Zeinali mentioned that more than 238 tons of saffron were produced in Iran last year, from March 21, 2023, to March 19, 2024, with the entire production reaching both domestic and foreign markets.

Considering the significant precipitation in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21 to June 20, 2024) in various regions of the country, Zeinali predicted that the performance and production volume of saffron will witness considerable growth.

Every year, 330 tons of saffron are traded on the world market, valued at around 8 billion dollars. Iran contributes 310 tons to this total, yet its exports are only worth 400 million dollars.

Iran's saffron exports, which account for over 90% of the global saffron trade, play a significant role in the country's agricultural economy.

The recent surge in exports, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic sanctions, highlights Iran's resilience and competitiveness in the global saffron market. As Iran continues to invest in its agricultural sector and explore new export markets, the growth in saffron production and exports is expected to contribute to the country's economic diversification and development.


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