Chennai, Dec 5 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu Salt corporation will be increasing its production and will commence production in an area of 3000 acres in the Ramanathapuram district. Presently the corporation is producing salt in an area of 5236 acres of land.
The state government has its own salt,’ Neythal Uppu’ which is iodine-mixed rock salt and iodine–mixed powder salt. The Tamil Nadu Salt Corporation which is producing ‘Neythal Uppu’ has so far sold 25 tonnes of the salt in the market.
The state government is also planning to distribute the salt through the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops to increase the sale of the state government-owned salt. The idea is to distribute salt mixed with iron through the PDS shops and to provide this to the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) so that children are benefitted.
The Tamil Nadu industries department has already directed the Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Salt corporation to increase production and to procure more land for an increase in production. The department is also directed to increase employment opportunities across the state and through an increase in the production of salt and sale through PDS shops to improve the popularity of the salt.
A senior official with Tamil Nadu Salt corporation while speaking to BPNS said, “ The TN industries minister has told us to try and scout for land to increase the production of salt. Neythal Uppu is our product and we want to increase its sale.”