Saffron, also known as red gold, is a unique crop and by far the world’s most expensive spice. It is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus. The vivid crimson stigma and styles, called threads, are collected, and dried for various uses. Saffron is used as a seasoning and colouring agent in various food dishes, in fragrances, perfumes, dye and in medicine for various ailments and health benefits.
Saffricon is offering trial packs for first time or existing producers to explore Saffron farming in their area. With support from Saffricon, the producer plants and cultivates saffron on their own land. Package options for commercial farming and for the home gardener are available.
The Trial Pack is not an economic unit but can become economic in 5 years through multiplication of corms over the years.
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Saffricon is offering this trial pack to test saffron farming in their area and climatic conditions before expanding their saffron growing operation.
Moderate quantity of irrigation water required, between 2500 – 3000 cubes per hectare per season
Labour intensive during flowering in April, 2-3 weeks, 7 days per week.
Low maintenance throughout the rest of the year.
Weed control done manually.
Traditionally a Mediterranean climate is required, but saffron also grows well in a non-Mediterranean climate.
A sandy, or sandy loam soil is preferred.
Is traditionally planted in winter rainfall areas. Corms can be planted in summer rainfall areas, but we advise to lift the corms at the end of the growing season should your area receive excessive rain.
Excellent crop to diversify the farming enterprise.
Own upfront finance is required.
Planting material provided is already acclimatised to Southern Hemisphere.
Acknowledgement of receipt of the Saffron Grower’s Manual
Saffricon (PTY)Ltd has developed a detailed Saffron Grower’s Manual that contains trade secrets and other confidential information that is integral to the successful operations of the company’s business.
A copy of the Saffron Grower’s Manual is being made available on loan forthwith referred to as the trial grower to assist him/her in the operation of the business.
The Saffron Grower’s Manual remains the property of Saffricon (PTY)Ltd and it is noted that the copy of the Saffron Grower’s Manual has been entrusted to the trial grower.
The Saffron Grower’s Manual and any supplementary manuals or related documentation is/are made available to the trial grower on the express condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, sold, hired out or otherwise circulated or distributed to anyone without Saffricon (PTY)Ltd prior written consent. This includes copies in both printed and electronic format.
The trial grower acknowledges that he/she has been expressly requested to keep the Saffron Grower’s Manual confidential not to make copies of the Saffron Grower’s Manual.