Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Salt makers shake out a big surplus

Salt makers shake out a big surplus

Salt makers shake out a big surplus

Cambodia’s salt production rose sharply at the end of this year’s harvest season thanks to more favourable weather conditions enhancing yields.

Salt production in Kampot and Kep provinces – home to Cambodia’s salt fields – reached 147,000 tonnes this year, nearly double the 80,000 tonnes recorded last year, according to data from the Salt Producer Community of Kampot & Kep.

Ly Seng, president of Salt Producer Community, told the Post yesterday that while last year’s harvest season finished in April, this year’s lasted until June due to less rainfall.

Cambodia’s total salt consumption is estimated at about 90,000 tonnes annually.

Seng said that the 50,000 tonne surplus that is forecast would be held over for next year’s domestic supply.

“We stock the surplus salt in storage, and it is reserved to release next year in case the production is lower,” he said, adding that Cambodia does not export salt as neighbouring countries produce enough to meet their own demand.

Salt producers in Kampot and Kep sell salt at an average of 240,000 riel ($60) per tonne. Up to 700 farmers cultivate about 4,500 hectares of salt production land within the two provinces.

Chhay Sochanny, a salt trader who sells in bulk to Phnom Penh markets, said that while the production increase was promising, difficulties re-mained in offloading excess stock, particularly as higher-quality product is being sold at lower prices by Thailand and Vietnam producers.

“Our salt cannot export,” she said. “The price of our salt is higher than others’.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese