Govt eyes to produce 1.3 million tons salt

Senin, 06 Februari 2012 | 09:16

Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is targeting to produce 1.3 million tons of salt through the empowerment for small salt producer (Pugar) program with IDR107 billion budgets this year.Director General of Marine, Coast and Small Islands Affairs at Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KP3K KKP) Sudirman Saad admitted that the program is often creating a polemic within the community. However, it’s able to increase the production of small salt producer.

“The target in 2011 was 220,000 tons, but in reality, it reached 823,958 tons,” he said after attending the event of 2011 Reflection and 2012 Outlook in KP3K KKP Directorate Office yesterday.

Based on the data from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, salt production in 2011 reached 1.5 million tons. It will continue the program this year with allocated budget of IDR107 billion, which will be provided to 28,000 salt farmers with 16,500 hectares land area in 40 regencies and cities. “Our productivity target in 2012 was 74 tons per ha. We are targeting 80 tons ha in 2012,” he said.

The program will generate 1.3 million tons. Meanwhile, the needs of consumer salt reaching to 1.5 million tons this year. “We are seeking for another 200,000 tons to reach the target [self-sufficient].”

He expects no extreme weather during this year so that the salt production will be optimal.

According to him, Salt could be the instrument to overcome poverty. Salt production cost per ha is around 15 million, while the revenue reaches IDR40 million. Thus, salt farmer obtains IDR35 million profits in one season. “This is a good instrument to overcome poverty. Pugar program is also contributed in reducing poverty.”

The import salt policies will be discussed in the economic coordination meeting on February 9. Ministry of Trade will report the audit results of the current salt stock in warehousing. “We have the data about the number of the remaining salt stock in warehousing from Department of Marine.”

The government agreed the needs of consumer salt for this year is 1.4 million tons. Based on the agreement, salt production in 2011 was only 1,1 million tons, while the ministry recorded 1.5 million tons.

“The ministry will calculate the salt production in 2011, including the amount of salt imported and absorbed. It must be calculated to find the objective figure.”

He urged other parties to ensure that the market has absorbed all small producers’ salt and import it if necessary. Sudirman ensured all salt needs for the next 3 months could be fulfilled from the current stock.

Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will surely calculate the production and the needs of national salt as a comparison data from various parties, including the results of the audit from PT Sucofindo. (t06/msw)

By Sepudin Zuhri