TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy
Minister of Agricultural Jihad said his organization supported the country’s
saffron farmers by purchasing their products with supportive prices.
Hossein Shirzad, who is also the chief executive officer of
the Central Organization for Rural cooperatives of Iran, said CORC was able to
facilitate saffron transactions in Iran agricultural commodity exchange.
Shirzad said that the value chain of saffron has provided
200,000 jobs directly and indirectly.
The majority of Iran saffron is cultivated by small scale
farmers on more than 114000-hectare saffron farms located in deprived rural
"Definitely the small scale saffron farmers need
strategic support to be empowered enough to sell their crops on the fair price
basis," the official asserted.
Confirming that saffron is a high-value product, Shirzad
said exports of saffron have generated over $351 million income in 2018, adding
that it is anticipated the saffron production will fetch to 500 tons that are
an impressive record.
However, he said, taking supportive measures to protect
farmers against price falls due to excess production is necessary.
Shirzad further said that contract farming, development of
standard storages and organic farming are the new services that are provided by
CORC to boost saffron business.