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    Efforts Needed To Boost Salt Processing Technology


    BANDUNG-Member of Commission IV of the House of Representatives Akmal Pasluddin deplores the increase of the amount of salt imports this year compared to the previous year, both for salt industry and households.

    It shows the lack of will political to improve salt processing technology independently in order to fulfill domestic and export needs.
    "Therefore, the regulation should be to the point of salt self-sufficiency
    which require harmonization of four ministries, there are the Ministry of Marine Fisheries, SOE Ministry, the Ministry of Industry and Trade Ministry. Each must be mutually supportive, ranging from the development of farmers salt so that quality product is good, the coaching of salt factories by Ministry of Industry, PT. Garam as SOE absorbs as much as possible salt farmers and price control by the Ministry of Trade, "explains Akmal in release received by jabarprov.go.id, Friday (21/10).
    Akmal disclose the amount of salt imports increasing this year. this country has been no improvement in the governance of salt even to reach the stage of stop salt import. "It shows the government has not issuing powers to seriously manage the salt with technology both to meet the salt quality for industrial and consumption, " firm PKS representatives of South Sulawesi electoral district II.
    Salt import from the outside to Indonesia, dominated by Australia and India. Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in March 2016, Indonesia salt imports valued at US $ 11.4 million at that time with the amount of 276.299 tons of salt. Country that put salt into Indonesia at that time, among others Australia, India, New Zealand, UK, Singapore and other countries.
    However, when calculated overall this year from January to September 2016, Chinese was significant to put salt in Indonesia. From the total of 1.4 million tons of salt worth US $ 57.3 million that is coming to Indonesia this year, Chinese is the fourth-largest salt insert after Australia, India and New Zealand.
    "From the same period, from January to September, between 2015 and 2016, salt imports has been increased by 200 thousand tons, ". Therefore, Akmal hopes, the government began to think and work to achieve self-sufficiency in salt consumption and industry. "Stretch of our coast is very long, very fair when we are able to achieve self-sufficiency in salt, "said Andi Akmal Pasluddin.

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