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Salt body to name quota for imports

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A farmer piled up salt in his stock at Kompot province. Heng Chivoan

Salt body to name quota for imports

Salt producers in the Kingdom will meet next week to finalise import quotas in line with domestic demand, the chief technical officer of the Kep-Kampot Salt Producers community (KKSPC) said on Sunday.

Last month, the KKSPC said Cambodia needed to import approximately 30,000 tonnes of salt to make up for a shortage in the Kingdom caused by heavy rains. This is the second major salt shortage on record.

Bun Narin, chief of the KKSPC said the meeting will be held next week to finalise the tally of demand before submitting the report to the government.

“We will meet with our board members to finalise the import quota for salt, after which we will send our report to the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft to assist with imports."

“We haven’t decided from which country we will import the salt, but we already have information on hand about the price and quota."

“So far we still have enough salt to meet demand, but we expect a shortage at the end of the year before the next season of harvesting,” he said.

There are around 5,000 hectares of salt fields in Kampot and Kep province, with the harvesting season lasting from January to late April.

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