Puttalam salt refinery to save Rs. 800 m forex annually
The Raigam-Wayamba Saltern launched the first salt refinery in
Puttalam to manufacture free flour table salt using the Kreb Swiss Salex
technology which will save over Rs. 800 million foreign exchange per
The factory with over 250 employees has the capacity to manufacture
150mt of refined iodised table salt daily which will enable the country
to slash the quantum of imports from India and Thailand.
Dr. Ravi Liyanage responds to questions from the media
Pic by Sumanachandre Ariyawansa
Chairman, CEO Raigam Wayamba Saltern, Dr. Ravi Liyanage said the
country depends heavily on imported table salt from neighbouring
countries for centuries due to poor quality, low hygienic standards and
poor presentation which resulted in a huge drain on the country's
"Table salt from India dominated the markets as there was no
technology to produce refined table salt. The raw salt that was
manufactured contained mud and other soil particles which discoloured it
and had health risks", he said.
The salt industry is highly labour intensive and our traditional raw
salt manufacturers faced enormous challenges to sell their product at a
reasonable price and had to grapple with rains constantly which
adversely affected the manufacturing process. Salt is an essential
component in preparing a meal and the quantity used is the same whether
one is rich or poor and it has Iodine which is essential to combat
thyroid and prevent deaths at birth.
The Wayamba Saltern will ensure a stable market and a reasonable
price for salt farmers in Puttalam who had been having a profit of only
Re.1 per Kilogram in selling a 50kg packet of salt for Rs. 60.
Managing Director Raigam Wayamba Saltern, Ganaka Amarasinghe said the
aim of the company was to help local salt manufacturers to improve the
quality of their products and ensure a stable market.