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Foundation stone laid for Afghanistan Saffron Institute

16 Jan 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock of

Afghanistan Nasir Durani on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the

construction of Afghanistan Saffron Institute during his trip to western Herat

province of Afghanistan.

In his speech during the ceremony, Minister Durani said the

institute will be built until the end of the fiscal year 1398 with a total cost

of 85.8 million Afghanis.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Agriculture,

Irrigation, Livestock (MAIL), the Afghanistan Saffron Institute will be the

first well equipped institute in the country where scientific studies would be

conducted regarding the Saffron in Afghanistan and the institute would also be

used for the promotion, realization, policy making, and marketing of Saffron


In the meantime, Minister Durani said the institute will

play a key role in the promotion and realization of the expansion of Saffron

cultivation in the country.

He said the institute would also help with the marketing,

benchmarking, nourishment, cultivation, and process of Saffron and will assist

with the implementation of 5-year plan for the development of Saffron in Afghanistan.

According to Minister Durani, earlier estimates indicated

that Saffron cultivation was around 12 tons per year but the latest survey

shows that the cultivation level has reached to 15 tons during the fiscal year


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