Salt Industry in Slovenia: Interesting Facts
The salt industry in Slovenia sums up the results of 2016. Last year it produced 2,500 tons of salt: 1,000 tons of industrial salt and 1,500 tons of table salt. The price for salt ranges from 90 cents to 1.09 euros per kilogram. Only in the first 10 days of the new season, the Slovenian salt producers made 100 tons.
Dario Sau makes an optimistic forecast—this season will be fruitful. The experienced salt miner refers this fact to good weather, which is expected in the summer.
“Last year, we sold 1,200 tons of table salt at a price of 0.9 to 1.09 euros per kilogram. Unless anything comes up, this year we will increase sales of salt to 1,350 tons. At the same time, we keep storing part of the mined salt, remembering the situation in 2014, when for the first time in the almost 100-year history of the industry, we did not procure a single kilogram of salt crystals because of a very rainy summer,” says Sau.
Sau believes that the production of salt in Slovenia has good prospects, but its potential has not yet been fully used. According to him, this year in Slovenia, 10 salt miners work on 26 salt fields with an area of 10 hectares. It would be possible to use 57 salt fields with a total area of 20 hectares, but the main problem is the employment of workers. If the production were stable, then a greater number of miners would work on a permanent basis. Currently, the salt industry of Slovenia depends too much on the conscientiousness of seasonal workers and the terms of temporary employment contracts.
Producers must wait for 3 years in an effort to prepare an old salt field for the extraction of high-quality salt. Such long time is necessary to consolidate the solid saline soil—the pelota for the unique white Piran salt (http://www.slovenia.si/visit/trails/the-salt-works-in-secovlje/), which is produced so only in this region.
Salt miners are a bit bothered by the heat only. When the sun starts heating unmercifully, they move to the night shifts of salt mining and use searchlights to light up the fields.