Afghanistan Refutes Claims of Mixing Iranian Saffron, Exports 67 Tons of Pure Afghan Saffron

Afghanistan denies allegations of mixing Iranian saffron, exports 67 tons of pure Afghan saffron worth $49M, highlighting its quality and importance to the country's economy.

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Afghanistan Refutes Claims of Mixing Iranian Saffron, Exports 67 Tons of Pure Afghan Saffron

Afghanistan Refutes Claims of Mixing Iranian Saffron, Exports 67 Tons of Pure Afghan Saffron

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Afghanistan has strongly denied allegations that Afghan saffron is mixed with Iranian saffron for export purposes. Abdulsalam Jawad, the ministry's spokesperson, stated that Afghanistan exported 67 tons of pure Afghan saffron worth approximately $49 million to various countries in the last solar year.

Jawad emphasized the excellent quality of Afghan saffron, which ranks first in the world, asserting that there is no need for Afghanistan to mix its saffron with that of other countries. He clarified that all 67 tons of exported saffron were domestically produced in Afghanistan, with no mixing of saffron from other countries.

These statements come in response to reports from Iranian media claiming that Afghanistan exports about 70 tons of saffron annually, with less than 20 tons being domestic production and the rest being Iranian saffron. The Afghan ministry's spokesperson firmly refuted these claims, reiterating the purity and quality of Afghan saffron exports .

Why this matters:The saffron industry is a significant contributor to Afghanistan's economy, and maintaining the reputation of Afghan saffron as a high-quality, pure product is vital for the country's agricultural sector and international trade relations. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce's strong stance against allegations of saffron mixing underscores the importance of protecting the integrity of Afghan saffron in the global market.

Jawad's statements serve as a clear message to the international community, reassuring buyers and consumers of the authenticity and superior quality of Afghan saffron. By exporting 67 tons of pure Afghan saffron, the country demonstrates its commitment to maintaining the highest standards in saffron production and trade, while also contributing to the growth of its economy through valuable exports.

Key Takeaways

  • Afghan ministry denies mixing Afghan and Iranian saffron for exports.
  • Afghanistan exported 67 tons of pure Afghan saffron worth $49 million.
  • Afghan saffron ranks first in the world for quality, no need for mixing.
  • Afghan ministry refutes claims that most exported saffron is Iranian.
  • Protecting saffron's reputation is vital for Afghanistan's economy and trade.