Cambodia may face salt shortage this year

Phnom Penh – Cambodia may be facing a salt shortage yet again this year as output has only met some 30 percent of local demand, according to the Salt Producers Community of Kampot-Kep (SPCKK).

SPCKK technical chief Bun Narin said that Cambodian salt production is mainly in the coastal provinces of Kampot and Kep, with harvest season beginning in mid-January and ending in April every year.

The two provinces have more than 4,000 ha of salt fields altogether with the average productivity of 20 tonnes per ha per year, he said, adding that salt demand in the country is between 80,000 and 100,000 tonnes each year. Salt fields have only yielded around 30,000 tonnes in 2019 so far.

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