The figure shows a fivefold rise when compared to the similar period in the past year, Ali Shariati-Moqaddam told MNA.
He blamed saffron hoarding and selling counterfeit saffron for the sharp rise.
Shariati-Moqaddam warned that the hike could cause Iran to lose its target markets, giving the way to new rivals such as Afghanistan.
He said the country needs to prevent the bulk exports of the product, adding the export-bound saffron should bear Iran's trademark.
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