Kutch the Destination of salt Industry
Kutch region has an impression of being a distinctive land. It is a region that differs in celebrating prosperity on an exceptional parameter. Divided into two sub-regions, Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch.
The Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar desert in Gujarat. Situated about 130 km from Ahmedabad.
During the monsoon months, the Rann of Kutch is submerged in sea water. As the sea water finally begins to recede in October, the Agariyas move in and begin the elaborate process of salt farming. First, they dig wells to pump out highly saline groundwater from the lake of brine that lies 40 feet below the crust.
The salt of Kutch ten times saltier than sea water, this lake of brine is what keeps the economy of the area afloat.
INDIAN SALT INDUSTRY IS GOING GLOBAL: AN OVERVIEW
India ranks third in the production of salt in the world next to USA and China. The Average annual production is about 20.31 million tones against the average annual world production of 240-250 million tones. Worldwide about 25 million tones of salt are used for edible purposes and rest is used for non-edible and industrial purpose.
Out of the estimated total annual production of India of about 28 million tons, 63% comes from Kutch.