Agriculture meeting seeks tax removal on essential farm inputs
An inter-governmental forum on agriculture is seeking tax exemptions on agricultural inputs to cushion farmers from high cost of production.
The forum consisting of the Council of Governors (CoG), Ministry of Agriculture and farmers that had been held in a two-day intergovernmental forum on Agriculture in Mombasa resolved to consult relevant institutions to ensure zero rate taxes on fertiliser and animal feeds.
“We are aware that there is increased taxation on agricultural inputs which has not been traditionally the case and we are therefore appealing that those taxes be removed or zero rated so that can improve Agricultural transformation in the country,” said Kiambu Governor James Nyoro who doubles as COG Agricultural Committee chairman.
Speaking during the 4th Intergovernmental Agriculture forum in Mombasa, Nyoro appealed to key players to adopt resolutions arrived at during the conference among them the review and reduction of agricultural inputs taxes.
“We are also aware that there is a sharp increase in animal feed and products prices to an extent that farmers are unable to adopt those inputs and therefore we are appealing that we work together to bring down the cost of fertilizer so that our farmers can get relief,” he said.
Vaccination of livestock “We have resolved to have enhanced vaccination in a coordinated manner where counties jointly harmonise vaccination of livestock to control the spread of animal related diseases. The implementation of that will be effected once all counties adopt the new guidelines,” added Nyoro.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said farmers are grappling with the high cost of fertiliser and animal feeds thus calling for an extensive consultation that will result in shooting down the costs. He also called for speedy passage of coffee and tea bills pending in parliament that have derailed in parliament, calling on players to actively present their views.