High salt industry needs can not be met from within the country. While the self-sufficiency program of salt consumption was realized last year. Therefore, PT Garam (Persero) is ready to produce the salt industry in 2015.
Garam president director of PT Lintang Yulian said it was preparing industrial salt production in Kupang. There, 7,800 hectares of available land in the process will be halved. Covering the core area of 5,000 hectares under cultivation and 2,800 direct PT Garam plasma hectares of land managed for the people.
“For the projected production of 600,000 tonnes of core land and 300,000 tonnes of plasma fields. Climatic conditions in Kupang with long summer reaches 6-8 months of very supportive to the development of salt,” he explained.
In addition to PT Garam, the Ministry of Industry is also encouraging private investors to develop the salt industry in Nagekeo, Flores, covering an area of 1,050 hectares, which will produce 300,000 tons.
During this time, the salt industry in the country needs to reach 1.8 million tons. Therefore, if the later can be met from within the country as much as 1.2 million tons, imports of industrial salt is only 600 thousand tons.
“Currently we are still conducting a feasibility study. Later followed by basic design and detailed design. Quarter of 2014 is ready to enter the first stage of civil works, such as making land, and other channels. So we expect 2015 production can have,” he said.
Potential development of the salt industry is very large, given the high demand in the country. Currently, almost all industrial needs salt. Such as oil drilling, glass industry, pulp industry, textile industry, to the tannery. “So when the development of the salt industry has matured, the market there,” he said.
Spoken, the development of the salt industry was not done intentionally in Madura. Therefore, Madura focus on developing salt consumption. “In 2012, we are self-sufficient salt consumption. Hence, the salt industry selected other locations,” said Julian.
Estimated for the development of the salt industry in Kupang cost up to Rp 1 trillion, including the development of infrastructure such as ports.