In 2016 India, Thailand and Germany were the top three countries in the world with over 5 trillion rupees (over $96 billion) worth of saffron available for commercial purposes.
Here is a summary of the top 3 countries with the most saffron for commercial use.
Country 2016 saffron harvested
amount 2016 harvested
worth India 2.8 billion tonnes
Germany 1.3 billion tonnes
Thailand 1.2 billion tonnes
Italy 1.04 billion tonnes China 1.01 billion tonnes Source: Ministry of Agriculture (in USD billion and in rupees)
1.1.3 What percentage of India’s harvest was saffron harvested in 2016?
In 2016, India accounted for over 1.1 trillion rupees (over $96 billion) worth of saffron harvested. The country harvested nearly three-fourths of the world’s average value and over 65 percent of the world’s total harvested crop.
The largest amount of saffron harvesting in India in 2016 was 1.1 billion tonnes (or approximately 56 million tonnes, or about 1.5 percent of total total harvested crop). As the table shows, India harvested more than 75 percent of Indian saffron crop, followed by China with approximately 30 percent of saffron harvested, followed by France with around 10 percent of saffron crop harvested, followed by Japan with roughly 4 percent of saffron crop harvested.
1.1.4 In India’s 2016 production, what percentage was saffron processed?
In the 2016 agriculture ministry statistics, there were 16 million tonnes of raw saffron harvested, of which a total 64.8 million tonnes (about 2.28 percent) was processed.
In 2016, India was ranked number one in the world regarding value of raw saffron harvested.
1.1.5 What percentage of India’s total saffron harvest was processed?
In 2016, India’s annual production of saffron harvested was 2.2 billion tonnes (or approximately 66 million tonnes, or about 2.25 percent of the world’s annual total saffron harvested). The total processed harvest of India was 1.02 billion tonnes or 55 million tonnes.
The process of processing saffron in India is quite unique, and involves the creation of an anode (a chemical reaction which breaks down saffron from the raw material), the splitting of the saffron flower-head
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