KAMPOT, Cambodia ,, Rainy weather is keeping farmers away from salt fields and will likely produce a shortage of the commodity, Khmer Times reported quoting representatives of salt associations.

The Salt Association of Kampot and Kep executive director, Bun Baraing, said unfavourable weather in the country’s south is inhibiting farmers from harvesting salt, adding that production this year will probably not be enough to meet domestic demand.

We’ve never seen weather like this, Baraing said.

He said they have collected nearly nothing this season due to the adverse weather conditions and that they will have to rely on 50,000 tonnes of the commodity stored from previous years to feed local demand.

The country’s annual salt requirement is between 80,000 to 10,000 tonnes.

Baraing said they will likely have to import salt from overseas to meet that demand.

Last year the association produced only 32,000 tonnes, a small figure compared to 2016, when 140,000 tonnes were produced, and 2015, when production amounted to 170,000 tonnes.

In both of these years, weather conditions for the production of salt were significantly better with long dry seasons.

Source: NAM News Network