Why Himalayan salt?
- Pakistan’s salt is pure as it contains 99 percent halite.
- Pakistani salt is pure than Indian salt as the purification cost of impure salt effects the prices.
- The country has salt reserves estimated at around 10billion tonnes.
- Pakistan accounts for less than 1 percent of the global salt production despite huge potential.
- Increasing salt consumption in South Asia offers an opportunity for Pakistan to be a major salt export market in the region.
- Private hands exports raw salt to other countries where it is branded locally and exported as local to their country.
What should be done?
- A proper salt export policy is the need of the hour.
- Proper branding of the salt should be done for exporting in the international market.
- There’s a need to stop the illegal trading of salt.
Pakistan’s salt potential explained
- Khewra salt mine alone is responsible for 350,000 tonnes of annual salt production.
- Khewra salt mine is also famous for its production of pink Himalayan salt with the salt reserves estimated from 82 million tonnes to 600 million tonnes.
- Pink Himalayan salt appears pink due to its mineral contents. It’s an estimated 84 minerals. Crafts are made by this nutritional Himayalan reserve.
Role of Government
- Before 2007, salt export was regulated by Pakistan Minerals Development Cooperation (PMDC) which was later handed to the private sector.
- The country’s Parliament must focus to explore the salt potential of the country in the best possible way.
- Ministry of Industries and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan must figure out a policy in collaboration with the National Assembly for the outflow of this natural resource.
- Pakistan’s largest salt deposits of Khewra, Wacha, and Kalabagh needs to be preserved and regularized for exports.
Save Pink Himalayan salt
A majority of the mines are at the base of the Himalayas in Pakistan pic.twitter.com/P2exAvS98U
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) June 6, 2019
— Muhammad Nouman (@nouman_nabi) June 19, 2019
Even in China, only 500 grams of this pink salt is almost 10 to 15 yuan and 1 yuan of Chinese is equal to 23 Pakistani rupees now you can imagine how much important is this pink salt for Pakistan ecnmy which can b easy available in Pakistan nd can be exprt#StopExportingRawSalt
— Waseem Abbas (@WaseemA00114606) June 18, 2019
Available in USA and America. I buy it from Costco. pic.twitter.com/nhdpIYBp0k
— Ahmad Zeeshan Khan (@azeeshankhan) June 7, 2019
— KaShMiRi RaJpOoT🇵🇰 (@Rajpoot78692) June 18, 2019
India has been getting rare pink salt from Pakistan at mindbogglingly low rates and generating excellent revenue by exporting it as their own product.
— Adnan Jelani (@AdnanADJ) June 19, 2019
India is earning billions by selling this salt while Pakistan only earns a few crores!
Pakistan is selling pink salt in raw form on the other hand India is selling it as a brand with packing!
Stop selling pink salt to India for Less! #OurSaltOurAsset #HimalayanSalt
— VEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) June 8, 2019
Pink Salt is the Pink Gold for Pakistan, and stupid positions are giving it away for peanuts #StopExportingRawSalt
— zybuo (@Khalid_butt_) June 19, 2019
Dear PM Imran khan..plz save Pakistan assets Pink Himalayan Salt
— Rashid Ali Bhabharvi (@RBhabharvi) June 19, 2019
— درویش (@Dar_Weesh) June 19, 2019
Govt should take strict action and make strict policy against selling of raw salt it's been one of Blessing Of God to Pakistanis and foreigners are selling our salt by using there name on our salt🤐
— Mian Ahmed Shahab (@ahmaa_d1) June 18, 2019
You can also use it to create homemade body scrubs and bath soaks, and you may have seen or own a Himalayan salt lamp made from pink Himalayan salt. Historically, the people of the Himalayas have used this versatile salt to preserve meat and fish.#StopExportingRawSalt pic.twitter.com/KMcMZamFiR
— MAG (@MAG_KHR) June 18, 2019
Our National resource the pink Himalayan Salt is the only one Pink Salt Mine in the World. If we export pink salt in finished form we may earn about 1 billion $ annually.
Stop khewra Salt Mining.
Stop Exporting raw Salt. pic.twitter.com/LGrJM2JCdO
— Masood Jan (@MasoodJan84) June 19, 2019
Pink Himalayan salt is billed as one of the purest and most expensive salts in the world.#StopExportingRawSalt
— Muhammad Aslam 🇵🇰 (@maslam_PTI) June 18, 2019
— syed zaidi (@syedzai31781807) June 19, 2019
Pink Himalayan salt is often said to be the most beneficial as well as the cleanest salt available on this planet.
We req Pakistani gov to understand the worth of Pak pink salt,if we start exporting it according to international standards,it can help us to growoureconomyrapidly. pic.twitter.com/ij9I1m3RXC
— Qandeel Bhutto (@bhutto_qandeel) June 19, 2019
Pak's Pink salt/Sendha namak/Himalayan salt has amazing benefits. Beside dis, Hindus fasting in Navratras & Jews during Kosher uses this salt.
India imports raw salt from Pak at a very nominal price & exports it to US, CA, EU & M.East after value addition.#StopExportingRawSalt pic.twitter.com/nB6scYNh50
— Xain Khan Yousufzai 🇵🇰 🇹🇷 🇦🇿 🇵🇸 (@Khan_Leo83) June 18, 2019