You may have heard that saffron is expensive in India, but it’s really not. While there are many products that are made in India, the real cost of saffron is in the harvesting. For example, the price of saffron and how to harvest it is much cheaper than the price of other products. The cost to buy and harvest the saffron is usually about 500 rupees (USD $2.50) per acre (1-1.5 gallons). When harvesting the saffron, you need to use a sharp knife because you would need to cut through the leaves or pieces of the plant. This can be quite a chore and if someone is not very skilled, they can become very uncomfortable while doing so. Also, you may have to pay a toll of 500 to 1,000 rupees for the journey from the farm where you harvest to the saffron vendor.
How much saffron do you get from your harvest? If you grow one saffron plant (1″ square) it will produce 1 kilogram (3 lbs) of saffron. This will not give you 2 kilograms (4 lbs.) of saffron (that you could make your own). At a 1″ square plant you need to buy about 5-7 pounds of saffron. You can tell if your saffron is good by counting the spots where the saffron is sticking out and/or growing long. A plant that produces more than one pound of saffron can be considered to be “a bit good”.
CALGARY – If there is one piece of legislation in Alberta that the NDP is most likely to see, it’s Bill 59.
It’s an act that would have all but eliminated the provincial sales tax. The province would have levied an all-or-nothing flat provincial sales tax of either 1.5 per cent or 0.9 per cent, with a provincial sales tax of 1.25 per cent (or a combined federal-provincial rate, which is the average) on all goods and services – but not on alcohol.
For much of the summer, the province and the federal Conservatives have been at loggerheads over whether or not to lift the province’s sales tax by 0.5 per cent on July 1, 2017, starting with items such as toiletries and hair dyes.
If only sales taxes existed in Alberta, there would be no sales tax.
With an overall tax of 2.5
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