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Salt Production

There are sea salt works in Hambantota in the South and in the North West. Seawater is allowed to flood in to the “ponds” and then left to evaporated, leaving behind the salt crystals. These are then collected up into sacks in the sheds and sold to wholesalers. Besides being produced for the domestic market, it is also exported.

Salt Works in the North East

Inside the processing and packaging sheds of Hambantota Salt Works

Some micro businesses buy a large sack pf salt which they then break down  and repackage into small household amount - 500gms to 1 kg sized packets to resell  to shops producing a supplementary income.