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Fall of saffron economy at the peak of Saffron rule in Pampore

  • saffron, saffron farming, saffron fields, flowers, Pampore
    A girl displaying the saffron after picking it from flowers at field in Pampore of Pulwama district

    Dwindling yield has pushed Pampore’s saffron growers to a new low and sections within the government wish they start producing corms that are required for introducing the crop to other districts.

  • saffron, saffron farming, saffron fields, flowers, Pampore
    A farmer picking saffron flowers from a field in Pampore of Pulwama district

    The saffron growers claim that the yield has been low due to less rainfall this year

  • saffron, saffron farming, saffron fields, flowers, Pampore
    A family picking saffron flowers from a field in Pampore of Pulwama

    One of the major reasons for Kashmiri saffron’s fall from grace is lack of proper marketing. There is no lab to check the quality or saffron in Kashmir.

  • saffron, saffron farming, saffron fields, flowers, Pampore
    A girl separating saffron from flowers

    Traders, who sell their produce in the international market, have to get their produce tested either at RAL Jammu or in Delhi.

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