About 47,000 tonnes of salt expected to produce from Mon State next year

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Farmers work in salt beds at Pa-nga Village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State. Photo: Xinhua

About 47,000 tonnes of salt is expected to produce from Mon State in coming salt season, said U Khin Win, Deputy Director of Salt Industry Department (Mon State) under the Department of Mines.

This prediction is made based on estimated calculation on yield as from new salt harvest season at the end of December to end of May 2024.

“Small production of salt will be available at the end of the month. The salt season begins December to the end of May after break in April if it rains in Thingyan period. We expect the yield will be 47,000 tonnes this year,” he said.

In Mon State, price of coarse salt was K170-K180 per viss in September but fell to about K140 a viss, he said.

As export sample, a container with 20 tonnes of coarse salt produced from Thanphyuzayat township of Mon State was exported to Japan on trial in August and further 40 tonnes has been prepared for export to South Korea, said U Khin Win.

“We had exported to Japan and they would continue to offer order if they like. For export to South Korea, export license application is underway,” he said.

It is incorrect information that some salt fields in Mon State had to stop due to rising production cost and falling coarse salt price, he responded.

“It is not true that some salt fields in Mon State had to stop due to rising production cost. 89 fields in last year and about 90 fields in this year have applied license. Despite fuel price increase they don’t stop and are trying to continue running on their own way.

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