Srinagar: A significant increase in saffron production in Kashmir Valley this year has created a wave of happiness among the farmers involved in this cultivation. The losses incurred in the past have been compensated:
Jammu and Kashmir Saffron Growers Association Chairman Abdul Majeed Wani while talking to UNI said that timely rains have occurred in Kashmir this year which has resulted in 50% increase in saffron production. The farmers are very happy.
He said that many farmers had given up growing saffron in their fields as they had suffered a lot due to lack of rains from time to time during the last several years but due to good production this year. He is going to cultivate saffron again. Abdul Majeed Wani said that online orders have started coming for the purchase of saffron. He said that the irrigation department has dug 128 wells for irrigating the fields but they have not been activated yet.
He said that if we had effective arrangements for irrigation, it would be in production He demanded provision of irrigation facilities for the fields and said that better irrigation facilities should be arranged for the farmers so that they do not face any problems in future. With the help of the university, he has started growing saffron at home. He says that the best saffron crop can be grown at home. He said that our business was greatly affected by the saffron imported here from Iran. Is .
Wani said that Iranian saffron is being sold here in the name of Kashmir but now the buyers have come to know about it and they are buying Kashmiri saffron. He said that earlier saffron was sold at Rs 3.5 to 4 lakh per kg.
It used to be sold but after the import of Iranian saffron, its price went down significantly, which caused losses to the farmers. The saffron flower picking season is underway