|Farmers collect salt on Sa Huynh salt field. Quảng Ngãi Province has approved the area as a key zone of salt production. Photo Quảng Ngãi Portal|Viet Nam News
Quảng Ngãi — The central province of Quảng Ngãi has approved planning for a high quality salt zone on an area of 114ha in Sa Huỳnh town in Đức Phổ district.
The provinciasl secretariat said the plan aims to develop Sa Huỳnh town as a major centre of salt production by 2020 and build a brand name of clean salt.
As scheduled, the town plans to produce 11,000 tonnes per year, of which 55 per cent will be high quality salt, and will increase the quantity to 14,000 tonnes by 2030.
The province said the new high yield salt production zone would help local salt makers improve their annual income from VNĐ8.7 million (US$385) to VNĐ22.4 million ($991) in 2020, and VNĐ29.3 million (nearly $1,300) in 2025.
Sa Huỳnh town, 70km south of Quảng Ngãi city, has 116ha of salt with 2,800 salt farmers, producing 9,000 tonnes of salt a year.
However, in the first crop of 2016, over 4,000 tonnes of salt were not sold due to the low market price of VNĐ600 (0.03$) per kilogram.
The province also plans to invest VNĐ95 billion ($4.2 million) to develop infrastructure and mechanisation for the salt zone, between 2016 and 2025.— VNS