Govt rejects imported salt

Mamuju, W Sumatra (ANTARA News)- The marine affairs and fishery ministry said it has rejected imported salt in Indonesia.

"Our country is a potential salt exporter with its wide seas, and not a salt importer," Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fishery Fadel Muhammad said here Friday.

He expressed concern about the situation because as a minister of marine affairs and fishery Indonesia has become a salt importing country as the country still needed huge qualities of salt..

"We need some 3.5 tons of salt per year, this caused concern, especially after PT Garam Indonesia had started importing salt, while actually the company produced salt for the people or exports the commodity," he said.

He said according to the salt company producing salt was rather difficult, and he said he already reported the matter to the government.

"I cannot accept their reason, and I eventually brought President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to East Nusa Tenggara , and proved that producing salt was no problem, and the President was angry after noticing that it was not difficult to produce the commodity, " he said..

He said the president also said the government must reject imported salt.(*)