THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it formed a technical working group (TWG) to evaluate projects to modernize the salt industry via the adoption of new technology.

In a special order, the DA said the TWG will develop, validate and verify the latest available technology used in salt production, particularly methods that allow “year-round production of salt even under erratic weather patterns.”

The TWG has also been tasked to study ways for the industry to mechanize the entire process of salt-making from pre- to post-harvest.

It has also been assigned to find “cost-effective techniques” for production.

In March, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. signed Republic Act No. 11985, or the Philippine Salt Industry Development Act, which seeks to revive the neglected salt industry. — Adrian H. Halili