Salt production in Magway falls by 60% amid low demand

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A man makes salt at a workplace in Magway. Photo: Zayyatu (Magway)

Salt production in Magway Region dropped by 60 per cent as the COVID-19 indirectly affected salt industry.
Earlier, a salt-making business on a manageable scale in Magway city daily produced about 250 visses (a viss equals 1.6kg). The salt makers reduce the daily production to 100 visses, according to salt making business in Aungmyittar Ward.
“Raw salt produced by lower Myanmar regions also enter Magway market. The producers make high-quality salt for restaurants and hotels. Pandemic shut down the schools, restaurants and other events. Consequently, the salt demand dropped. When things return to new normal, we can regularly produce the salt,” said Daw Aye Wai, the salt producer. Salt making businesses includes pouring salt into large clay pots, clearing impurities, sand, weed, and small stones and refining steps.
If you make 50 visses of raw salt, 46 visses of quality salt are left. An Iodized salt packet receives K800 per viss, and they are distributed in the city, the salt marketer U Khin Maung Myint said. Myanmar has coast and inland salt productions. Myanmar’s salt production heavily relies on domestic consumption. Salt from foreign countries also floods the market with lower price. — Zayyatu (Magway) (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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