Director of Khalilabad, Razavi Khorasan Agriculture Jihad in interview with Tasnim news agency pointed to the county’s saffron as its major agricultural product and said "The product is planted in July and August each year in 4 thousand hectares of Khalilabad lands.”
Ali Nasiri added "Although saffron is a health plant with tens of health benefits, it is currently used in Iran only as a seasoning.”
He maintained that lack of an international brand for the product is one of the major shortcomings for the county’s saffron product and maintained that the real price of the saffron is much higher than its current one.
Nasiri also stated that pomegranate is the second popular horticultural product in the area.
Khalilabad has 1140 hectares of land under pomegranate, mostly centralized on the county’s center, Rostaq, Neqab and Mirabad.
He added that the area’s pomegranate harvest has lowered as much as 40 percent this year which he attributed to frost, early rains, and strong winds which plucked the flowers.
"The product is being exported to Persian Gulf littoral states, South Korea, and Japan,” he maintained.