More than 4,000 acres of salt farm in Mon State to produce over 40,000 tonnes of salt in 2022

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Mon State Salt Department stated that a plan is underway to produce 42,510 tonnes of salt from 4,241.90 acres of farmlands in Mon State in the 2022 salt season.
Although Rakhine and Mon States and Taninthayi and Ayeyawady Regions produce salt on a commercial scale they do not have a chance to penetrate the foreign market.
Businesses and manufacturing industries use dried salt. Hence, salt farms in Mon State are being operated on 4,240.90 acres of land, producing the salt dried under the sun.
At the salt market in Mon State, one viss of salt is sold at K120 in December 2020, K140 in December 2021 and K80 in January 2022. So, local salt farmers do not have cost-effectiveness in the production of salt.
In Mon State in 2021, 73 salt farmers operated 4,214.74 acres of salt but 87 producers are engaged in the production of salt in 5,414.90 acres in 2022. Mon State produces some 40,000 tonnes of salt on a yearly basis. A total of 12 iodized salt mills manufactures some 40,000 tonnes of iodized salt yearly.
Htanbinchaung salt farm is located in Paung Township in Mon State, Kyaikkhami, Setse, Pint and Karuppi salt farms in Thanbyuzayat Township, and Hnitkayin and Palaikee salt farms in Ye Township.
Mon State is famous for production of quality salt in successive eras. These salt farms create job opportunities for local people. With RBF assistance of Denmark in the 2019-20 financial year, Mon State Salt Farmers Association tests production of quality salt on 100 acres of land on plastic sheets in Palaikee Village of Ye Township. So, salt production with the use of plastic sheets is being operated on a commercial scale in Mon State. —GNLM

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