This area is called Qaziabot a small area of Tani district in eastern Afghanistans host province.
Local agricultural experts are here to educate farmers
about the economic benefits of planting and growing Saffron.
In Tani as well as in other districts,
we have been practically educating them
and will also work with them in the future to raise awareness about the importance of Saffron
and transfer them the best practices to plant and cultivate this lucrative product.
Local farmer Kazi mohammadi has set aside half an acre of his land for saffron cultivation.
Hes willing to try Saffron
because the wheat maize and other crops hes been growing for 20 years
arent making him enough money.
Maybe we will be better off with saffron,
because other crops didnt give us much.
All I can say is that if this thing succeeds here,
the whole area will start cultivating it and the economy will boost in the area.
By weight saffron is often considered one of the most expensive spices in the world
while consumption of saffron has long been a central Asia tradition.
It is working its way into the western world.
Farmers here and local officials say
they hope saffron could take the place of two of the regions other cash crops,
poppy and marijuana.
The good thing about this area is that no one here cultivates poppy.
If saffron gives a better yield than poppy and cannabis,
then Im sure people in other areas will also stop Harem crops.
Close province traditionally sees heat waves and lacks enough rain for farming.
Luckily for Muhammadi and local farmers here,
saffron cultivation doesnt require a lot of water.
Local agriculture department have been promoting saffron in host province
for the past seven years providing saffron seeds and training.
For Ibrahim Rahimi and Host Afghanistan Hamdurt voa news