The reluctant winners of the dry summer in France: Salt producers

In France, which experienced one of the hottest and driest summers on record, an unexpected sector profited from the heat wave that affected almost the entire country.

Salt producers in the Guerande region of north-west France offer the world-famous salt flower, which is formed by crystallization on sea water, to the world markets at a price of over 100 dollars a kilo.

With rising temperatures and almost no precipitation, water evaporation peaked in the region, so salt flower production doubled.

Fran├žois Durand, who has been operating in the sector for more than 20 years, stated that a production record could be broken this year.

In the last 10 years, an average yield of 1.3 tons was obtained from each salt field, while this rate is expected to reach 2.5 tons this year.

While Durand isn’t too happy, he admits that drought and climate change have had a positive impact on their business.

But the earthen levees in salt fields, which have been built with traditional methods for centuries and where machines are not used, carry the risk of becoming unusable due to such a long period of lack of rain and uninterrupted production.

On the other hand, farmers began to think about what they would do with the excess salt accumulated in their hands if this drought became permanent.

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