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PT Garam optimistic to achieve salt production target

29th June 2011 | 2.577 Views
Sumenep, Madura Island (ANTARA News) - State salt producer PT Garam is optimistic that it can achieve the salt production target of 635 thousand tons for 2011 thanks to favorable weather.

"If the weather is stable (throughout this year) we believe that we can achieve the production target of 635 thousand tons for this year," PT Garam President Director Slamet Untung Irredenta said here on Tuesday.

Slamet was in Sumenep as part of his routine visit to check the process of producing salt at the company`s land in Madura.

PT Garam which is headquartered in Surabaya, capital of East Java province, is the only state-owned company which produces and markets salt.

To date, the company has 5,700 hectares of land in the districts of Sumenep, Pamekasan, and Sampang in Madura island to produce salt. PT Garam is also planning to buy salt from farmers in Madura this year.

"We plan to buy 180 thousand tons of quality I and II salt from farmers in the three districts in Madura. We intend to buy salt of quality I and II to encourage farmers in Madura to produce salt of good quality," he said. (*)