Farmers collect salt on Sa Huynh salt field. Quang Ngai Province has approved the area as a key zone of salt production (Photo: Quang Ngai Portal)
Quang Ngai (VNA) - The central province of Quang Ngai has approved planning for a high quality salt zone on an area of 114ha in Sa Huynh town in Duc Pho district.

The provincial authorities said the plan aims to develop Sa Huynh town as a major centre of salt production by 2020 and build a brand name of clean salt.

As scheduled, the town plans to produce 11,000 tonnes per year, of which 55 percent will be high quality salt, and will increase the quantity to 14,000 tonnes by 2030.

The province said the new high yield salt production zone would help local salt makers improve their annual income from 8.7 million VND (385 USD) to 22.4 million VND (991 USD) in 2020, and 29.3 million VND (nearly 1,300 USD) in 2025.

Sa Huynh town, 70km south of Quang Ngai city, has 116ha of salt with 2,800 salt farmers, producing 9,000 tonnes of salt a year.

However, in the first crop of 2016, over 4,000 tonnes of salt were not sold due to the low market price of 600 VND (0.03 USD) per kilogram.

The province also plans to invest 95 billion VND (4.2 million USD) to develop infrastructure and mechanisation for the salt zone, between 2016 and 2025.-VNA