Kep, Kampot salt production threatened by cheap imports.

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Kep, Kampot salt production threatened by cheap imports.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:27 pm

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Salt Imports Spoil Market
Though the Kingdom’s existing salt farms in Kampot and Kep produce enough salt to support domestic consumption, industry experts, however, are worried that a flood of the vital commodity from neighboring countries will spoil the market for Cambodian producers.

Mr. Baraing said he was worried that locally produced salt will remain much in stock if the import of lower-priced salt is not stopped.

“We consume a maximum of about 100,000 tons of salt per year. However, if even 20,000 tons of cheaper salt is imported, it will affect our local production forcing us to keep the surplus salt in storage,” he pointed out.

Mr. Baraing said salt from Thailand and Vietnam was machine produced whereas the commodity from Cambodia was produced by hand, which, he added, was very labor intensive.

“This makes our salt more expensive. We cannot lower the price because of the higher production cost and also higher cost of packaging,” he said. “Although our salt quality is good, our salt’s color is not white compared to other salt produced by machine.”

The price of local salt is currently about $38 to $48 per ton, down from about $80 a ton in previous years.
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Re: Kep, Kampot salt production threatened by cheap imports.

Postby frank lee bent » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:58 pm

hopefully the imports are iodised to relieve on of the most severely iodine deficient populations in the world.
the kampot producers were directed by HE to iodise several years ago with no result.
a tariff would very easily solve this problem if local product was iodised.

aside from salt as a commodity- kampot salt is artisanally produced, and could possibly compete teamed with pepper
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Re: Kep, Kampot salt production threatened by cheap imports.

Postby Anchor Moy » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:00 pm

Yes, you're right FLB. That's very interesting. I didn't realise how serious the iodine deficiency problem still is in SEA, or that it was actually worsening in Cambodia.

This study says the level of iodine consumption in Cambodia has dropped alarmingly, and the importing of non-iodized salt from Vietnam may be partially responsible as more imported salt is being consumed. Cambodian salt is iodized, but is more expensive to produce and therefore to buy. Also, according to the 2016 report, the iodizing of Cambodian salt has become insufficient since the monitoring came under the control of government authorities, and deficiency levels are now close to those of 1997.

For those who don't know, among other things, iodine deficiency causes increased rates of cretinism, retarded mental and physical development, and a lower IQ in children. This is not good for the future development of Cambodia.

[quote] http://www.ign.org/newsletter/idd_aug15_cambodia.pdf
IDD NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2015 CAMBODIA
The analysis showed that the iodine levels
in household salt did not change between
2008 and 2011, at 18.0 mg/kg in 2008
and 22.0 mg/kg in 2011. But by 2014, the
median iodine content had dropped signi-
ficantly to 0.0 mg/kg (IQR, 0.0–8.9 mg/
kg) (p<0.001). In addition, the proportion
of salt without any iodine increased from
1.3% in 2008 to 21% in 2011, and finally to
62.2% in 2014 (both p<0.001)


According to the 2014 data, the prevalence
of non-iodized salt (coarse and fine) varied
significantly between provinces (p<0.001)

Surprisingly, the proportion of
non-iodized salt on the market was high
also in the salt-producing provinces of Kep
and Kampot, which may be due to leakage
of non-iodized salt from production areas.

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The presence of non-iodized salt also
raises a question about the possible impact
of Vietnamese and Thai imported salt on
Cambodia. The price variance between
Cambodian domestic salt (US$65 per metric
ton) and Vietnamese salt (US$30–$40 per
metric ton) encourages the influx of non-
iodized salt across the border, aided by a
lack of border controls and import monito-
ring. Vietnam stopped iodizing salt after the
2005 revised decree on the production of
iodized salt failed to uphold the mandatory
iodization requirement In Vietnam


This is the latest report on iodine deficiency in Cambodia from May 2016: http://www.ign.org/newsletter/idd_may16_cambodia.pdf
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Re: Kep, Kampot salt production threatened by cheap imports.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:03 pm

Push for Kep salt to obtain GI status
ImageKep salt workers.
The Ministry of Commerce plans to push Kep salt to obtain geographical indication (GI) status thanks to the natural quality of salt in the province.

Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak said the ministry was reviewing the possibility of GI status for salt farmed in Kep because the province is a limitless source of natural salt and seafood.

“If the plan for GI status for Kep salt is successful, the province will be more attractive to investors and tourists and will help create more job opportunities and income for the people,” he said.

“Salt is a partner of pepper. Our vision is to help Kep province with its GI products. We are studying Kep salt because many countries are interested in this product.

Bun Baraing, the co-executive director of the Salt Association of Kampot and Kep, said getting GI status would be good for salt exports, but for now, salt from the two provinces was just supplying the local market...
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Re: Kep, Kampot salt production threatened by cheap imports.

Postby taabarang » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:43 pm

Sorry about the problem but really stretching the point with this. Battle cry, "“Salt is a partner of pepper. " Do they really think tourists will come to Kep to buy salt to partner up with their pepper? Sea salt is preferable to types lacking iodine but other than that NaCl is just NaCl

IMO pepper from Kep while excellent is of no higher quality than pepper from Memot.
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