Salt price leap improves farmers’ income

Presently, salt is fetching VND60,000- VND62,000 ($2.58 - $2.67) per 45 kilogram at field, a year-on-year increase of nearly VND10,000.

Salt price leap improves farmers’ income

Farmers can earn healthy profit at the price.
According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, it is the time of the main crop of salt with favorable weather and strong wind helping to increase salinity and crystallization.
Head of the Department Vo Tien Si said that 1,468 salt-making households produced salt in 1,442 hectare for the crop. Ben Tre is the province with second largest salt land in the Mekong delta behind Bac Lieu Province. Salt making offers 3,369 employment for local laborers.
However, Mr. Si said salt infrastructure in the province is in poor repair makes increase in transportation fee and employment cost.
Accordingly, the province petitioned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to embark on construction project to improve infrastructure of salt field in Bao Thanh and Bao Thuan communes in Ba tri District with the aim to cut down transportation fee for local farmers.

By PHAN THANH - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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