1TV: Afghan government has banned import of saffron to encourage to domestic production. The ban was announced by the country’s ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock which said that it had requested the ban from President Ashraf Ghani who approved it. Click here to read more (external link).
Reuters: Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, selling for as much as $1,200-$1,800 a kilogram, and has long been seen as an alternative crop to opium poppies for poor farmers in a country struggling with the legacy of decades of war and lawlessness. So far, it has had little impact on the opium
Tolo News: Afghan saffron has for the third year in a row been rated as the best in the world. The International Taste and Quality Institute in Brussels ranked Afghan saffron as having the best taste and quality amongst 300 samples from different countries, news agencies reported. The Institute was founded in 2003 in Brussels