Do­mes­tic Salt Pro­duc­tion Falls Short in Au­gust

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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.

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