Local Salt Price Drops by 17 Percent
Selasa, 21 Februari 2012 | 08:54
Salt farmers are feeling the impact of salt imports as prices have dropped by 17 percent to Rp1,000 per kilogram. â€œPrices have fallen since imported salt entered Surabaya,â€ a farmer in Makassar, Abdul Aziz, told Tempo yesterday.He urged the government to postpone salt imports this year because there is still 5,000 tons of salt supply in his province. A salt supplier in Makassar, PT Eka Sari, said Aziz, still has 100,000 bags of salt stored in a warehouse. â€œThe supply is estimated to last until October,â€ he said.
The stock, he said, would also affect prices during the harvest season. â€œThe price could drop to Rp20,000 per bag or Rp400 per kg,â€ said Aziz. During the great harvest, salt production in South Sulawesi increases by 50 percent. Last year, salt production from Takalar, Jeneponto and Pangkajene reached 100,000 tons. â€œIt could reach 150,000 tons in August,â€ he added.
Last week local trade director general Deddy Saleh announced the governmentâ€™s plan to issue a salt import permit of 500,000 tons this month. The permit will only be given until a month before the great salt harvest in 2012.
Salt farmers in West Nusa Tenggara have also rejected the import plan. Farmersâ€™ representative Nukman said that when Indian salt was imported, salt prices in his area dropped to Rp3,000- Rp4,000 per bag. â€œWeâ€™re worried about imported salt entering the area again,â€ he said.
By ALI NY | AYU PRIMA SANDI | ANGGRITA DESYANI