LAWAS: The official launching ceremony for the Salt Processing Facilities at Buduk Bui, Ba’ Kelalan, will be held on 29 April 2017. The event will be officiated by the Honourable Dato Henry Sum Agong, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-opeatives and Consumerism, Malaysia. The launching ceremony will also be attended by Head of Departments, agencies, staffs of Social Forest Department and community from the villages around Buduk Bui, Ba’ Kelalan.
Ba’ Kelalan has three salt springs ‒ Buduk Bui, Pa Komap and Punang Kelalan. The salt springs are usually found at the foothills and near the riverbank. The water flowing from the Earth’s crust into the lower valley is called salt spring or mata air garam. The salt water from the salt spring is then extracted to make salt crystals.
For efficient salt water collection, the Sarawak Forest Department, through its Social Forest Department has upgraded facilities for the salt-makers in Buduk Bui. The upgraded salt processing facilities comprise four building blocks equipped with salt processing furnace and two burning stoves, living and packaging rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, one toilet and bathroom and one firewood storage hut. Selling at RM18 per kg, the Garam Bukit (hill salt) or tuchu in Lun Bawang language, is highly sought after by people, for its nutritious and medicinal values, which is unlike the common sea salt.
This Salt Processing Facilities in Buduk Bui is expected to better the life of the people within the area by increasing their income from the commodity sold at airport and retail shops in Miri or nearest town. It is also to encourage the eco-tourism within the area.