Agriculture department of Jammu and Kashmir has created an e-auction portal to promote the trading of GI-tagged “Kashmir Saffron”
- The agriculture department of Jammu and Kashmir under the aegis of India International Kashmir Saffron Trading Centre (IIKSTC) has created a web portal in collaboration with NSE-IT.
- The whole and sole motive behind this to assure the Saffron buyers to have access to quality ‘Kashmir Saffron’.
- To ensure hassle-free e-trading between buyers and growers, the government requested the Saffron growers of Kashmir valley and buyers across India to register themselves as seller and buyers for e-trading on www.saffroneauctionindia.com
- Kashmir Saffron is cultivated and harvested in the Karewa highlands of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Kashmir Saffron has been given a Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry.
- Saffron is referred to as ‘bahukam‘ in ancient Sanskrit literature.
- The uniqueness of the ‘Kashmir Saffron‘
- Kashmir Saffron is the only saffron which is grown at an altitude of 1,600 m to 1,800 m above mean sea level.
- Kashmir Saffron has longer and thicker stigmas, natural deep-red colour, high aroma, bitter flavour and chemical-free processing.
- It is also rich in crocin (colouring strength), safranal (flavour) and picrocrocin (bitterness).
- Lachha Saffron, Mongra Saffron and Guchhi Saffron are the three varieties of Saffron which is grown in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Uses of Kashmir Saffron:
- Kashmir Saffron is globally used as a spice and also as a health revitalizing.
- It is also used in cosmetic products and medicinal purposes.
Largest producer of Saffron in the world – Iran