Saffron (crocus sativus l.) - a wonderful but threatened legacy of kashmir

Author: 
Joo G. N and Syed Muzaffer Ahmad

Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) a legendary crop of Kashmir,known all over the world for its panacea properties , is dying a slow death..Pampore in district Pulwama is famous worldwide for its saffron fields.As many as16000 thousand families spread over 300 villages of the saffron belt of pampore cultivate it, not only a mere crop for a decent livilihood but a family legacy as well. A preview of cultivated area, production and productivity for the last decade and half shows that this golden crop is dwindling at a fast rate.It is quite unfortunate that this crop is nowadays under threat of losing its charm due to a created damaged atmosphere. Further the continued impassivity by saffron growers and various challenges may result in the loss of this delicacy.The present compilation besides, describing the cultivation of this golden crop,also attempts to visualise the biotic factors that are threatning its legacy.

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