Fair prices elude sea salt farmers

  • Farmers adopt the 'polythene process' of harvesting salt along the coast of Teknaf. Each acre of land yields at least 30 tonnes of salt. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    Farmers adopt the 'polythene process' of harvesting salt along the coast of Teknaf. Each acre of land yields at least 30 tonnes of salt. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

  • This year, salt is being harvested across 3,945 acres of land in Teknaf. The coastal farms have already yielded 34,000 tonnes of salt. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    This year, salt is being harvested across 3,945 acres of land in Teknaf. The coastal farms have already yielded 34,000 tonnes of salt. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

  • After extracting a layer of salt from sundried seawater, farmers spread it out on a polythene sheet. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    After extracting a layer of salt from sundried seawater, farmers spread it out on a polythene sheet. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

  • Farmers brave the scorching summer heat to harvest salt along Teknaf's coastline. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    Farmers brave the scorching summer heat to harvest salt along Teknaf's coastline. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

  • Farmers are harvesting salt across thousands of acres of land along Teknaf's coastline. Photo: Jasim

    Farmers are harvesting salt across thousands of acres of land along Teknaf's coastline. Photo: Jasim

  • Black polythene sheets are lined with row upon row of salt plots or beds. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    Black polythene sheets are lined with row upon row of salt plots or beds. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

  • Workers collect salt from the fields in Shah Porir Dwip under the blazing sun. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    Workers collect salt from the fields in Shah Porir Dwip under the blazing sun. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

  • Workers are storing salt in heaps in the fields of Shah Porir Dwip. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    Workers are storing salt in heaps in the fields of Shah Porir Dwip. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

  • Workers are storing salt in heaps in the fields of Shah Porir Dwip. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    Workers are storing salt in heaps in the fields of Shah Porir Dwip. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

  • Salt heaps dot the fields of Shah Porir Dwip off the coast of Teknaf. Photo: Jasim Mahmud

    Salt heaps dot the fields of Shah Porir Dwip off the coast of Teknaf. Photo: Jasim Mahmud