Hing and saffron in India

Hing and saffron in India

  • In India, the annual demand for Saffron spice is 100 tons per year but its average production is about 6-7 tons per year.Hence a large amount of Saffron is being imported.
  • Similarly, there is no production of heeng in India and currently about 1200 tons of raw heeng worth Rs 600 crore is being imported from Afghanistan, Iran, and Uzbekistan.
  • To increase the production of these two spices in India, the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) and the Department of Agriculture, Government of Himachal Pradesh, have forged strategic and implementation partnership.
  • A state-of-the-art tissue-culture lab will be established for large-scale production of quality planting material of these crops.
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