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Model salt project in State mooted

By Our Special Correspondent

ONGOLE, OCT. 6. The Salt Commissioner, S. Sundaresan, has exhorted salt manufacturers in Andhra Pradesh to produce quality salt at competitive price to stay in market and expressed willingness to set up model salt project in the State like in Rajasthan and Orissa.

He was addressing salt manufacturers from Nellore, Prakasam and Krishna districts at a meeting on "Exploring possibilities of improving quality, production and supply of iodised salt'' organised by the Salt Commissioner`s Organisation and Micro Nutrient Initiative, an international organisation.

Poor technology

He said Gujarat had been able to produce quality salt at such a low price that it could export 1.5 lakh tonnes of salt to China and America for the first time this year. He admitted that Gujarat had the advantage of location to produce salt throughout the year at low cost making use of high tides.

But Andhra Pradesh continued to use primitive technologies and the quality of salt was poor, he said, adding that the State had to import 20,000 tonnes of salt from Tamil Nadu now.

Mr. Suderesan stressed the need to make iodised salt available even to poor people. Saying that Micro Nutrient Initiative came forward to supply potassium iodide free of cost, he asked salt manufacturers to make use of the opportunity.

The District Collector, B. Udaya Lakshmi, who was chief guest, said Andhra Pradesh ranked fourth in the country after Gujarat (which accounts for 70 per cent of the country`s salt production), Tamil Nadu and Rajastan. In Andhra Pradesh, Prakasam district tops the list of eight coastal districts which produced salt.

She said iodine deficiency among pregnant women led to abortion, still birth or birth of children with mental retardation. Among elders, it caused goitre.

Mrs Udaya Lakshmi requested the Salt Commissioner to provide pucca houses, drinking water and roads for salt workers in the district.

The Perchoor MLA, Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, asked the Salt Commissioner to provide 10 per cent rebate in rail freight for transporting salt beyond 900 km in stead of 1,000 km availble now.

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