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Saffron production to fall 68% to 9.12 tonne due to J&K dry spell

Saffron production in the country is estimated to decline 68.15 percent to 9.12 tonne in the current crop year because of a dry spell in the top growing state of Jammu and Kashmir, according to a government data.
Saffron is also cultivated in Himachal Pradesh. Much of the produce is exported.
As per the agriculture ministry data, the saffron output is pegged at 9.12 tonne in 2017-18 crop year (July-June) as against 28.64 tonnes in the last year.
The output is expected to go down due to a dry spell in the critical stage of crop’s growth, it said.
The production was hit badly in 2014-15 crop year to 8.51 tonne because of floods.
According to the ministry, the demand for Indian saffron has increased in the global market due to the presence of high-quality active components like Crocine, Picrocrocine and Safranal.
Saffron cultivation and export is being promoted under the National Saffron Mission.
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