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Bac Lieu to host first salt industry festival in late December

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The inaugural Vietnam Salt Industry Festival will be held in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu from December 26 to 28.

The event is intended to honor and preserve Vietnam’s salt industry and promote its unique products, the Bac Lieu Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said at a press conference on July 4.

The festival will showcase the traditional salt-making culture, including a field trip to Bac Lieu’s salt fields, upgraded infrastructure at Dong Hai salt field, and a trade fair exhibiting products from provinces, cities, enterprises and cooperatives.

Other activities will include traditional music performances, exhibitions on salt production techniques, and tours of historical sites. Conferences on developing salt-making tourism products and promoting investment in agriculture will also be held.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with Bac Lieu’s People’s Committee, expects around 300 delegates from central and provincial governments to attend, along with an additional 500 delegates from within the province.

Vietnam’s salt industry benefits from its long coastline and favorable climate. The country’s main salt-producing provinces include Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Ninh Thuan, and Khanh Hoa.

Bac Lieu, one of Vietnam’s largest salt producers, yields over 15,000 tons annually. Known for its distinct pinkish-white salt, Bac Lieu’s salt is uniquely flavored by the local marine environment.

In 2020, Bac Lieu’s salt-making industry was recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

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