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Govt to ensure fair price for salt farmers

Says industries secretary

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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COX’S BAZAR: Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana said that government is working to ensure fair price of salt to the indigenous salt farmers.

The industries secretary said that the Ministry of Industries and BSCIC have been working tirelessly to ensure quality and fair price of salt at all levels ranging from production to retailers.

The Iodine Salt Act 2021 has already been passed in the Great National Assembly. The draft of National Salt Policy 2021 formulated by the Ministry of Industry is awaiting approval from the cabinet department.

 She said this while speaking at a view-exchanging meeting with salt farmers and salt mill owners at the conference room of cox's bazar deputy commissioner's office on Monday.

 Cox's Bazar Additional Deputy Commissioner presided over the meeting.

Cox's Bazar-2 MP Ashek Ullah Rafiq, Reserved Women's Seat-8 MP Kaniz Fatema Ahmed, BSCIC Chairman Md Mushtaq Hasan, District Awami League President along with representatives of Salt Farmers Association and Salt Mill Owners Association were present.

 The industries secretary also informed that Commerce Ministry has initially recommended import of 3.16 lakh metric tonnes of salt due to scarcity of salt production.

A committee led by the deputy commissioner will be formed soon to address the real stock of salt at the ground level, she added.

She asked those concerned to prepare a 25-year lying action plan to set annual targets as per the demand for salt in May before the production season.

The industries secretary assured that decisions on import of salt will be given subject to demand in reasonable times.

She called upon the BSCIC to take initiatives to allot land to the actual salt farmers in collaboration with the district administration and the land ministry if necessary to reduce the cost of production.

She urged them to increase the use of modern technology for producing much quality salt.

The industries secretary suggested concerned authorities to monitor the market regularly and conduct mobile court for preventing artificial prices rising in edible salt and ensuring sales at real weight.

She visited the Chaufaldandi Salt Exhibition and Training Centre, Salt Ground and Islampur Salt Mills.