1,300 tons of salt produced in Chamchamal's Khwelena village every year

A photo of a salt spring in Khwelena village in Chamchamal district on July 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMAI – Residents of Khwelena village in the Kurdistan Region's Chamchamal district are producing salt from a natural spring both for their own use and for sale.

Salt producer Sabah Karim told NRT Digital Media that salt has been produced in the area for several hundred years.

The supervisor of the salt spring Martiwan Qadr said that production rights were sold to companies at auction.

“57 million Iraqi dinars are brought in from the spring per year,” Qadr said.

Each bag of salt contains 35-40 kilos of the mineral and is bought for between 10,000-15,000 Iraqi dinars. Apart from local sales, the salt is also exported to markets in central and southern Iraq, Turkey, and Iran.

The producers warned, however, that climate change has had an impact on the quantity of the product that they are able to produce, given its natural source.

The spring produces between 700-1,300 tons of salt per year.

(NRT Digital Media)