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The making of salt in India

March 10, 2014 08:45 IST

Image: A worker's son plays in a salt pan near Bhavnagar in Gujarat.
Photographs: Arko Datta/Reuters

India is the third largest producer of salt in the world after the United States and China.

Salt pans in India begin pumping out sub-soil brine water towards the end of the monsoon in October and it lasts till end of March, after which it is dried till crystals are formed.

The crystals are collected by mid-June and it takes another eight months to process them to make edible salt. 

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The making of salt in India


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Dry soil is seen beside salt at a salt pan in Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

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The making of salt in India


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A labourer carries salt in a container on a salt pan in Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

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The making of salt in India


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A salt worker uses the help of his three-year-old daughter during the salt-making process at Naranpura village, 155 km west of Ahmedabad.

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The making of salt in India


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A labourer works on a salt pan in Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

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The making of salt in India


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A labourer works on a salt pan in Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

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The making of salt in India


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It's a hard day for labourers working on a salt pans.

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The making of salt in India


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 Labourers work on a salt pan in Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

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The making of salt in India


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Labourers collect salt, which looks like snow.

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The making of salt in India


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A labourer works at a salt pan in Kharaghodha village, west of Ahmedabad.

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The making of salt in India


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A labourer works on a salt pan in Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

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The making of salt in India


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Labourers share their work of collecting the salt.

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The making of salt in India


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A woman sweeps salt with a wooden rake on the outskirts of Chennai.

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The making of salt in India


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Workers carry salt before loading it onto a supply truck on the outskirts of Chennai.

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The making of salt in India


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A worker presses the mixture of soil and salt crystals with his feet during the salt-making process on a salt pan in Kharaghodha village, west of Ahmedabad.

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The making of salt in India


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Labourers collect salt at the end of the day in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

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The making of salt in India


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A salt worker pushes a cement roller to level a salt pan in Kharaghodha village, west of Ahmedabad.

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The making of salt in India


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Salt workers work at a salt bed in Kharaghodha village, about 120 km from Ahmedabad.

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The making of salt in India


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A salt worker sweeps salt from a salt bed with a wooden spade at a salt pan in Kuda village, Gujarat.

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The making of salt in India


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A labourer holds salt crystals at a salt pan in Navapura village, about 155 km west of Ahmedabad.

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The making of salt in India


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 A child works on a salt pan in Naranpura village, about 155 km west of Ahmedabad.

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The making of salt in India


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People work on a salt pan in Kharaghodha village, about 120 km west of Ahmedabad.

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The making of salt in India


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A worker collects salt in Gujarat.

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An Indian worker smokes during a break while sitting next to a mound of salt in Mumbai.

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The making of salt in India


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Labourers carry containers filled with salt at a salt pan in Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

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