It is illegal to grow certain saffron plants, according to a 2012 law introduced in the Punjab assembly in late 2011.
The law is being used to ban the sale and import of saffron, or kaffir.
The saffron is used as a traditional spice (parsi) in Pakistan – where it is also widely sold as a skin-softening agent.
The move may upset farmers who have already been fighting the import of high-value saffron from Iran.
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KALAMAZOO, MI — Alton Jobe-Gibson said he is looking for a good job and is grateful for the opportunities afforded him.
“I don’t have anything to prove,” said Jobe-Gibson, 21, of Kalamazoo. “I’d just had two good years here working the side (for S.W.C.) and I wanted to see if I could make something of it.
“I didn’t see a lot of openings that I could fit into, but I definitely have the experience to handle anything and everything around here, and that’s something I could bring in and make the transition to the bigger world,” he added. “Whatever opportunities there are or whatever I get, I’ll take it. If not, I’ll go back to Ohio State.”
Jobe-Gibson started playing soccer at Kalamazoo Central High School in 2011, when he was only 14. He has been a starter for the Kalamazoo Stars ever since.
He’s been active in the Kalamazoo Soccer League. He’s been one of five people on the team to play at least 100 consecutive games and been named captain three times. He was second captain in the league’s first season of 2015, and last played for the program in 2013.
“He’s a talented young man and it’s amazing how he’s been able to stay in shape like that with only a few hours a day of sleep,” said Kalamazoo North West Director of Soccer Kevin Hester. “He’s an experienced player who’s been around for a few decades and you have to respect that. It’s been an outstanding run for Alton, and it’s been an incredible experience for my players.”
Kalamazoo Stars coach Eric Lutcher said Jobe-Gibson’s experience and ability are appealing to them.
“I think he’s a young coach’s dream
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