Kampot province has completed the collection of more than 70,000 tons of salt
Kampot (MGO) - Kampot province has completed the collection of more than 70,000 tons of salt, which is less than last year, but this amount can meet the needs of domestic consumption while the remaining salt imports in stock about 3,000 tons, including salt imported from Thailand and Vietnam, too.
Mr. Bun Narin, Technical Director of Kampot-Kep Salt Producers Association, told National Radio of Cambodia that the salt production process in Kampot province has been completed this year and that this year's salt harvest was just over 70,000 tons due to the salt production process. Slight disruption due to climate change, with heavy rains in early April, hampered the salt production process, with minimal salt harvest, however, Cambodia was still able to maintain a market balance and no Lack of salt. He said that of the 70,000 tons of salt collected in Kampot, between 20,000 and 30,000 tons were released in the market. He added that the price of salt this year has risen slightly between 12,000 riel to 13,000 riel for a bag of salt weighing 50 kg. At the same time, he said, more than 70,000 tons of salt could be enough to have market demand, even though this year's harvest was less than last year.
"For this 70,000 tons of salt, we can meet all the requirements and the reason why we say that, firstly, because the prahok season is over, but it does not matter, and any salt that circulates in the market in Phnom Penh as well as in the province the other things that are imported from Thailand or Vietnam are some scattered, and in the textile industry, most of them look at the salt from China, for the dyeing factory, the laundry, and as for eating and making prahok, there seems to be no shortage. "
He also stated that in 2021, the area of salt farming in Kampot province has not changed compared to 2020, with an area of more than 3,000 hectares and more than 139 production groups. According to the report, in 2020, the area under salt farming in Kampot and Kep provinces was 4748 hectares, if the weather is favorable, it can produce an average of 20 tons of salt per hectare per year.