Saffron is known as the “red gold "and is the world's most expensive spice. But as an object of desire, it can also be a victim of fraud. Low quality saffron is often traded on international markets and the specifications for pure saffron are not always respected.
DACAAR is proud to announce that the Saffron Association of Barnabad in Herat province received in July 2019 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 3632-1 : 2011 and 3632-2 : 2010 certificates. DACAAR supported the certification process which lasted one year.
The ISO certificates are valid for two years and will substantially increase the saffron producers' probability to sell their saffron on the international market. The ISO 3632-1 gives consumers the assurance and confidence that the saffron is authentic and safe to consume. The ISO 3632-2 certificate specifies test methods for dried saffron.
The Saffron Association has 233 members (56%women). These members received the following trainings: land and saffron onion selection, cultivation and irrigation methods, pest control, fertilizer usage, weeding and harvesting, as well as processing and packaging.