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Good weather proves savoury for salt farmers in Kampot

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A farmer harvesting salt in Kampot province. KT/Sok Chan

Kampot province has produced around 84,000 tonnes of salt so far this year to supply the domestic market, according to a report from the Salt Farms Bureau of the Kampot Provincial Department of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation.

Koeng Son Thean, chief of the bureau, revealed the figure  was 83,969 tonnes.

He said that there are about 179 groups of salt producers (1,650 farmers) with 3,726 hectares of salt farms in Kampot. Sonthean added that the salt producers started producing the salt from January to the end of July this year.

“This year’s salt production was good and of high quality because the weather was favourable,” Sonthean added.

“Of the 83,969 tonnes, 44,822 tonnes were sold and distributed across the country, and the rest, more than 39,000 tonnes, was kept in stock to supply future demand,” he said.  Sonthean added that a sack of salt (around 50 kilogrammes) now sells for $2 to $2.50.

Thaung Thyda , the founder of Thaung Enterprise, a salt supplier in Kampot, told Khmer Times that her company saw her salt cluster yield produce around 10,000 tonnes.

“We now have 26 members in our cluster. It [the yield] did not differ much from last year. It’s just that the harvesting was better and the climate more preferable,” Thyda added. She revealed that the consumer market for Thaung Enterprise’s capacity is 10 percent.

Thyda added that based on previous statistics, market demand rose to around 130,000 tonnes. But imported salt has been dominating more in the market which made local producers struggle. “We hope policy-makers or relevant institutions can help more in this area,” she added.

In 2018, Cambodia imported about 30,000 tonnes of salt to supply local demand. As much as 10,000 tonnes was imported from China and 20,000 tonnes from India.

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