September 23, 2017

MAPCO and Myanmar Yeit Mon International Company to build salt processing plant

A salt maker work in a field in Ayayawady Region. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency
A salt maker work in a field in Ayayawady Region. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency

PLANS are underway by MAPCO and the Myanmar Yeit Mon International Company for collaboration on the construction of a high quality salt production plant, it has been learned.
The salt processing plant is to be constructed in Maubin township, Ayeyarwaddy Region. It is expected the facility will be running by November this year.
“Local salt farmers still don’t have the capacity to produce high quality salt with new technology. The [salt] market is also depleting because of a lack of investment. If a high quality salt processing plant could be built within the country then it would better the situation of salt farmers.” said U Win Htein, managing director of the Myanmar Yeit Mon International Company.
Machinery produced by the India and Vietnam based Spain company will be imported for use in the construction of the salt processing facility.
“The majority of salt consumed [within Myanmar] is imported from foreign countries, as the quality of domestically produced salt is poor. We could produce quality salt domestically, and if the price of this salt was cheaper than that imported from aboard then the public would only consume domestically produced salt.” explained U Hnin Oo, deputy chairperson of the Myanmar Salt Federation.
The annual nationwide consumption of salt is approximately one million tonnes, but domestic salt processing facilities fall far behind being able to meet consumption needs. Currently they only having the capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes per annum.
There are currently over 700 salt producers within the country and over 200 salt farmers producing the commodity, although the total salt field acreage of 40,000 acres is under worked with only 10,000 acres currently in use.
It is known that the main importer of salt into Myanmar is neighbouring Thailand which averages 50,000 tonnes of salt imports per annum.—Myitmakha News Agency

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