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India to promote saffron cultivation in war-ridden Afghanistan

Posted on Dec 08, 12:14PM | UNI

India is assisting Afghanistan in saffron cultivation on the lines of Jammu and Kashmir, where the crop is the mainstay.

Weekly mouth organ of Himachal Pradesh 'Giriraj' reported in the current issue that a 10-day training programme was organised here for a farmer delegation from Afghanistan, which visited the country recently.

According to Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Dr SK Sharma, saffron production is already underway in the war-ridden nation since 2000 as the climate is suitable and conducive to grow the rare herb used extensively in the traditional medicinal system of Ayurveda.

The training programme was meant for providing know and how and tips about its cultivation, production, harvesting, marketing and processing, said Dr AK Panda and Dr Sangita Sood, who gave tips to the farmers.

The Afghan delegation comprised progressive farmers and entrepreneurs who took keen interest in the training session.

University Director Dr Des Raj said the neighbouring country could strengthen its economy by cultivating saffron, which was a mountainous crop and had enormous potential.

The programme was jointly organised by Agriculture University Palampur, Himalayan Bio recourse Technology Instituted Palampur and J and K Agriculture University.

Both the University were trying to adopt new study and research among the stake holders and farmers to make it economically viable.