Israeli agritech company, Saffron-Tech, has opened a first-of-its-kind research and development center in Moshav Mavki’im, located within the Gaza envelope.
The company is engaged in the development of a saffron cultivation protocol intended for the food industry, pharma, and nutritional supplements and will soon begin producing saffron spice at non-commercial levels in this new facility. In 2023 the company is expected to set up its first commercial plant and start producing several hundred kilograms of saffron a year.
In its first phase, the center’s goal is to finalize and improve Saffron-Tech’s cultivation protocol, which enables the mechanized cultivation of saffron using precise agriculture in indoor laboratory conditions and ensures a large and high-quality supply of saffron throughout the year, along with significant savings in natural resources and staffing.
“To see the flowers of the cultivated crocus bloom in April in the land of Israel, when their flowering date in nature is in September, is nothing short of exciting,” said Tal Wilk Glazer, CEO of Saffron-Tech. “Picking and producing saffron this season at the research and development center and seeing how the cultivation protocol, which we have developed over many months of strenuous work, takes shape and goes into action, constitutes proof of the significant ability of the company and its capabilities.”
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