Saturday 20th of April 2019 05:21:01 AM Agra
Kashmir has the proud privilege of producing the finest quality saffron, which is famous for its colour and flavour all over the world. The Central Government launched the National Saffron Mission (NMS) in November 2010 after the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh announced it during his visit to Kashmir. In Kashmir valley, 90 percent of saffron production comes from Pampore uplands, locally called 'wudar' on the southern outskirts of Srinagar city. As elsewhere in the world, saffron is grown here too by small individual farmers and the traditional quality control methods are the only way to maintain the quality and the originality of the world’s costliest spice. Saffron which is considered as nature’s precious wonder gift to mankind is in great demand for its medicinal, cosmetic and aromatic properties. It grows from a very small plant botanically known as Crocus Sativus. Its purple coloured flower is the only part mostly seen above the ground.