Drying the Saffron Reserves of Iran

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Drying the Saffron Reserves of Iran

Drought Affecting Iran’s Saffron Reserves

In a report, Financial Times has examined the impact of climate change on Iran’s saffron industry and predicted that this year’s total saffron production will decrease from 400 tons to around 170 tons.

These severe climate changes have halved saffron production in the largest supplier, Torbat-e Jam.

According to producers, water scarcity has had a significant impact on the saffron production industry, leading to a considerable decrease in yield and pushing the price of the world’s most expensive spice to its highest level.

The director of the Torbat-e Jam Saffron Exchange also states that the winter frost and subsequent dryness in spring and summer, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius, have had a detrimental effect on the northeastern region of Iran, causing all 2,000 local shallow wells to completely dry up.

Farmers in the Khorasan region, including Torbat-e Jam, say that this year’s performance will be less than half of 2022.


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