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Will it be the answer to our salt crisis?

Petra Hapsari   15 August 2017 18:00

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said there are around 22,000 hectares of areas throughout Indonesia ready for salt farming.

The areas include East Nusa Tenggara, Java, Madura and Jeneponto.

“We have 22,000 hectares that can be used for salt farming. Half of the salt made [locally] did not use good technology, so only 80 percent [of our production] is with good quality. It’s supposed to be 94-97 percent,” Luhut said.

Luhut revealed the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) is preparing the technology to make the salt ready for harvest just in four days.

Eastern area of Indonesia reportedly will be the government’s priority since there sea has better quality compared to other areas especially in Central Java since they are mostly have been contaminated.

“They are calculating, later we will make PT Garam work with the people. The people include small farmers, we will make them into co-operative group to make it efficient. It will be registered and the people will have their shares,” Luhut added.

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