Saffron crop fails in Kashmir due to drought

The harvest of saffron, known as the king of spices, has been declining in recent years and has failed farmers in Kashmir completely in 2017 because of a severe drought caused in part by climate change. A Saffron farmer showing her meagre collection of saffron flowers (Photo by Athar Parvaiz) “Earlier, we used to squat and move around slowly in our saffron fields for harvesting bounty crops. But over the past few years, production of saffron flowers has come down to such a level that we virtually run through the saffron fields while collecting the harvest,” said 68-year-old Ghulam Hassan Rather as he sat on his knees and scuffed the soil with his hands to show the impact of drought condition

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