Kashmir saffron, a spice from the Jammu and Kashmir Region of India has been awarded the geographical indication (GI) tag to protect its uniqueness and identity. With the tag awarded, no one can sell Kashmir Saffron directly in the market unless they re a GI producer or GI trader. Necessary liscenses and registrations have to be acquired to trade in Kashmir Saffron. The GI has been awarded to the Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology and Saffron Research Station.
Kashmir Saffron has its roots in the karewa region of kashmir to include areas like Phulwama, Budgaum, Kishtwar and Srinagar. With now Kashmir Saffron having a GI Tag, will get a better rate and hope to overtake Iran which is the largest producer of Saffron.
Saffron is used as both spice and for medicaments and has its use in the Food, Retail, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Industries. It acts as a health rejuvenator and hence used well in Aromatic products.