Afghan Biographies

Attai, Shafiqeh Mrs.

Name Attai, Shafiqeh Mrs.
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth 1981
Function/Grade Head Pashton Zarghon Saffron Women's Company
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:
Mrs. Shafiqeh Attai was born 1981 in Pashton Zarghon District, Pashtun Zarghun District, formerly known as Posht-e Zirghān or Posht-e Zirghūn, Herat Province. She started her saffron company in the western city of Herat in 2007.

Attai's business, the Pashton Zarghon Saffron Women's Company, produces, processes, packages and exports the world's most expensive spice with an almost exclusively female workforce.

More than 1,000 women pick the brightly coloured crocuses across the company's 25 hectares (60 acres) of land in the Pashton Zarghon district of Herat Province, which borders Iran.

Another 55 hectares are independently owned and operate under the collective that Attai set up for women saffron pickers, who are represented by union leaders.

DACAAR has worked with farmers in Pashtun Zarghun District to establish three
producers’ associations covering some 250 farmers , and more farmers are interested.
DACAAR has distributed to farmers 16,000 kg of high quality corms that it bought from
the Dutch saffron company, ‘Growing Sales Exchange (GSE). This is enough to plant
16 jeribs (5.25 ha.) (20061100)

Last Modified 2021-09-27
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