National Mission on Saffron

Date : 01/04/2011 - | Sector: Agriculture

In the recent past, there had been a decline in the area under saffron cultivation in Kashmir. The area under Saffron
cultivation declined from 5707 hectares in 1996-97 to 3785 hectares in 2010-11. The decline in area was mainly attributed to
low benefit cost ratio due to intensive and expensive cost of cultivation as well as low productivity of saffron (1.88 kg/ha).
Orthodox cultivation methods coupled with various biotic and abiotic stresses, poor plant stand and, above all, change in weather pattern over the years resulting in moisture stress at terminal growth stages were identified as main factors responsible for decline in crop yields which evaded interests of farming community to pursue saffron cultivation.

Nodal Officer contact
7006770223 / 9622110707 / 9419062672




To give boost to the saffron production and to mitigate the sufferings of the saffron growers, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Govt. of India, during the year 2010-11, introduced a scheme “National Mission on Saffron”.

How To Apply

Govt. fixes targets for rejuvenation Component. Nodal Officer
announces Calendar of events like Registration of farmers, Scrutiny
of Documents by local Patwari and Departmental Revenue
Verification Committee (to avoid duplicate benefit of the same
area/khasra no.), Rejuvenation of registered area, etc. through Staff
specially deployed for the purpose under the Scheme. The duly
signed Rejuvenation forms complete in all respects are received at Nodal Office and lists of beneficiaries are published in local daily through District Agriculture Officer (Extension) to invite valid objections, if any, from various stakeholders. The forms of non objected beneficiaries are routed to higher ups (upto CAO level) for necessary action and finally sent to the concerned DDO (SDAO) for preparation and Drawal of Bills subject to timely availability of funds

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