Kabul [ Afghanistan]: International Taste and Quality Institute based in Brussels has rated the Afghan saffron as the best in the world for the third consecutive year.
The rating was given after collecting around 300 saffron samples from around the world by the institute International, reports the Khaama Press.
The institute founded in 2003 has been testing and recognizing different food products across the globe.
Afghan saffron carrying the ISO Certification mark is exported to Europe, United States and Gulf countries. It costs around $2,000 per kg.
An increase of 17 percent in the outcome of saffron cultivation in the country was reported by the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock.
This year 4,675 kgs kilograms of saffron was produced in Afghanistan in comparison to 4,000 kgs last year with majority of this being produced in western Herat province.
Distribution of saffron crocus bulbs, equipment and training of 335 students with regards to plantation and collection of saffron, as well as the presence of expert advisory board have been identified as the main reasons for the increase, the ministry said. (ANI)