E-Auction Portal launched for Kashmir Saffron
In order to promote the trading of GI-tagged Kashmir Saffron, the Department of Agriculture operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare has created an e-auction portal in collaboration with NSE-IT. The Department has created the portal under the aegis of India International Kashmir Saffron Trading Centre.
The main aim of the portal is to make sure the buyers have quality access to Kashmir Saffron. The portal will help in hassle free e-trading between the registered growers and buyers.
It is known for its quality and aroma all over the world. Lately, it has been witnessing an invasion by far more inexpensive Iranian saffron. Thus, the GoI had GI tagged Kashmiri Saffron very recently. This will help the Saffron sustain the competition and will also help to boost the exports.
According to the Department of Agriculture, the Pulwama district of Kashmir grows 3,200 hectares of saffron. Around 165 hectares of land in Srinagar are under Saffron cultivation. Kishtwar is the only district of Jammu that grows 50 hectares of Saffron.
Iran is the largest producer of saffron in the world cultivating 300 tonnes every year. Iran grows 30,000 hectares of saffron. Kashmir was ranked second and grows only 3,715 hectares of Saffron. This is merely one-eighth of Iranian cultivation.
Why GI Tag?
The features of Kashmir Saffron makes it unique from the rest of the saffron cultivated in different parts of the world. The different features of Kashmir saffron are as follows
- It is the only saffron in the world that is grown at an altitude of 1,600 metres to 1,800 metres
- The stigmas of the Kashmir Saffron are longer. They have a natural deep red colour. Their aroma is higher and they have a bitter flavour. They are processed without the use of chemicals
Types of Kashmir Saffron
There are three types of saffron namely Lachha Saffron, Guchhi Saffron, Mongra Saffron.