GI Certification to Kashmir saffron has given a boost to the saffron farmers of Kashmir. After this certification, the saffron growers were able to send their produce to the international market and are getting good response.
During the current season due to the proper climatic conditions, there has been a bumper saffron crop and it has provided fresh hope to the saffron farmers for their economic revival.
As the farmers are happy with the bumper saffron crop this year, the GI Certification of Kashmiri Saffron by Geographical Indications Registry would also cease the adulteration of it and will put an end to the marketing of Saffron cultivated in other countries under the garb of being produced in Kashmir.
The adulteration of saffron was earlier affecting the economic interests of the farmers associated with this crop. To give a boost to saffron production in Kashmir, the J & K Government has launched new initiatives including the introduction of GI Tagging.
GI sign is used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
Saffron growers are hopeful that they will now get a better price for their produce after the introduction of GI tag to the saffron grown here. Kashmiri Saffron is grown at an altitude of 1,600 m to 1,800 m above mean sea level, which adds to its uniqueness and differentiates it from other saffron varieties available across the world.