|Authors: ||M. Ali, S.K. Lohan, D. Rasool, Z. Danish, R. Kumar, S. Faisal, A.A. Balkhi|
|Keywords: ||saffron, energy, economics, Kashmir|
Kashmir has the proud and unique privilege of producing the finest quality saffron (Crocus sativus L. 'Kashmirianus'), which is famous for its colour and flavour all over the world.
Saffron cultivation is not highly mechanized in this day and age, although it requires high labour input during the most important growing phases, there are no machines capable of totally mechanizing this crop, and research upto now has always tried to adapt existing machinery to reach individual phase of its cultivation, rather than design specific machines.
Almost all the field operation for saffron cultivation in Kashmir valley are carried out manually using indigenous tools.
Mechanization and Energy optimization offers great scope for profitability and income in saffron production.
Regarding other operations, and specifically the harvesting (picking), sorting and processing of stigmas, mechanized methods still need to be invented and introduced.
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