Domestic Salt Production Falls Short in August
Indonesia’s salt production woes are set to continue with output again falling well under the year on year average.
The country’s salt production took a dive earlier this year with a longer than usual wet season hampering efforts. Domestic demand prompted the government to import 75,000 tons of salt from Australia.
The imported salt arrived in Indonesia earlier this month in three separate shipments.
Production in August is expected to reach just 55,000 tons, higher than the July output but lower than the average of other salt producing countries.
“Our average yearly salt production in the last two years was 2.7 million tons, so (August ouput) is still far from the normal production,” Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry Secretary- General Rifki Effendi Hardijanto said Monday, August 21, as reported by local media.
The ministry is banking on local producers taking advantage of the dry season to up output, while the release of the imported salt would be tapered so as not to affect the sales of local salt.
The government is eyeing the development of salt fields in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). The ministry is investigating the feasibility of several prime spots, including near provincial capital Kupang Bay.