A salt farmer in southern Ca Mau Province. (Photo: VNA/VNS)

Hanoi (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to buy salt to help salt producers, especially in areas with significant salt storage.

The direction of the deputy PM was sent on June 16 to the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Planning and Investment, Industry and Trade and Finance, as well as to the State Bank of Vietnam and the Vietnam Northern Food Corporation.

The Vietnam Northern Food Corporation, which is in charge of salt purchases, will use the public funds from the mother company. The purchase of salt will follow market prices to help salt producers gain a profit.

The corporation will take responsibility for purchasing salt and repaying the public funds used after the purchase is complete.

The corporation was asked to report to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development if any difficulties arose.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade was assigned to coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to supervise the salt purchase in various localities. It also encouraged enterprises to consume domestic-produced salt if it meets requirements for chemical production and its price is not excessive compared to imported salt.-VNA