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Adequate stock of salt in country

Published : 19 Nov 2019 10:33 PM | Updated : 24 Aug 2020 10:51 AM

The Ministry of Industries on Tuesday said there are over 6.5 lakh metric tons of edible salt in the country which is adequate as per the demand of the people, reports BSS.

“Out of the 6.5 lakh metric tons salt, there are around 4.05 lakh metric tons in the farmers of the Cox’s Bazar and Chattogram while around 2.45 lakh metric tons in the warehouses of the different salt mills,” said a press release of the Ministry of Industries yesterday. Besides, it said, there are sufficient salt reserves at dealers, wholesalers and retailers of different salt companies across the country. Side by side, the season of salt production has started from this November.

Meanwhile, new salt produced in Kutubdia and Maheshkhali upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district has also started coming to market. The ministry informed that the demand of edible salt in the country is around one lakh metric tons per month while the stock of salt is over 6.50 lakh metric tons.

Despite the sufficient reserve of salt, the ministry said, a vested quarter is trying to unstable the country’s salt market through spreading rumors for making more profit. The Ministry of Industries is drawing the attention of all to not be misled by such rumors. A control room has already been opened at the headquarters of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSIC) under the direction of the Ministry of Industries to monitor salt matters. Its numbers are: 02-9573505 and 01715-223949. The ministry requested all to communicate with the control room for any salt related information.