GANGTOK- Due to the efforts of scientists, saffron cultivation has been successful for the first time in Yangang village of South Sikkim in Northeast India. And now it has been expanded to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and Barapani in Meghalaya. This has been possible through the efforts of North East Center for Technology Application and Research (NECTAR).
You know that saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. The best quality saffron is grown in Kashmir (Kashmiri Kesar), whose market price is at least Rs 3 lakh. Cold climate is required for its cultivation.
But due to the efforts of scientists, Saffron cultivation has now become possible in the North Eastern states as well.
In fact, the Sikkim government had experimented with the cultivation of saffron in different parts of Sikkim such as Yuksom in West Sikkim and the surrounding areas. After this, Pangthang, Simik, Khamdong, Padamchen and surrounding areas in East Sikkim have been identified for further cultivation.
A delegation from Sikkim had also visited Jammu and Kashmir last July for an agreement and tie-up. Since then all department officials are in touch to ensure production.
The Jammu-Kashmir Agriculture Department and the Horticulture Department of Sikkim have ensured a basic training program for the farmers to learn about the produce and farming. Officials said the weather and geographical conditions at Pampore in Kashmir and Yangang in Sikkim are similar, which ensured a good success rate during the trials.