Intense heat produces more salt up north
While other areas reel from the scorching effects of the El Nino, those in the salt production industry are very happy.
The Philippine Star said extremely warm temperature, low rainfall and sea water evaporation mean more salt.
Pangasinan is a major producer of salt, fish sauce and fish paste. Salt production begins in December and ends in May.
The Star quoted Maximo Abesamis, who has been into salt and bangus processing for decades, as saying the longer the dry season, the greater the amount of salt is produced.
However, Abesamis said salt farmers cannot be happy for long because more production means prices would drop. A 50- to 60-kilo sack of salt costs about P190.
And unlike other commodities, lower prices of salt do not translate to increased consumption.