Changing Weather Leads To Decline In Saffron Yield In Kashmir

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Kashmiri farmers pluck threads, or crocus, from saffron flowers on... News Photo20 Kilometer,Agriculture,Crocus,Farmer,Finance,Flower,Horizontal,Human Interest,India,Jammu and Kashmir,Saffron,Srinagar,Summer,ThreadPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Yawar NazirPAMPORE, KASHMIR, INDIA - NOVEMBER 05: Kashmiri farmers pluck threads, or crocus, from saffron flowers on November 05, 2012 in Pampore, 20 km (13 miles) south of Srinagar the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. The production of Saffron, the precious spice owing to vast acreage, is falling rapidly in Indian Administered Kashmir. Farmers have become concerned at the falling yield of the saffron crop year after year with the changing climatic conditions responsible for a 50 to 60 percent decrease in the yield for the last two decades. Approximately 5,000 flowers are required to provide threads enough to make an ounce. Saffron is a precious spice because of the vast acreage involved in addition to the labor-intensive handpicking of the flowers and extracting of the tiny threads. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)