New ray of hope in FATA, Saffron to replace Hashish

Tirah Valley is located in Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, a main town of the volatile Khyber tribal area in northern Pakistan has more than 30000 Acre cultivatable land mostly depended on rainwater.

An officer in the agriculture department, Khyber Agency, Faiq Iqbal told Tribal Post, “In order to prevent cultivation of opium and other drugs and give another better option of farming to local farmers, agriculture department has started training local farmers to cultivate Saffron, a high-value crop,” .

“One kilogram of Saffron can make $2,000 to $3,000 in the local market,” he said.

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