Cereal growers
Cereal growers ask the government to address VAT

Cereal farmers are opposed to the opening of a window for duty-free importation of maize  and instead address some of the issues affecting production such as VAT on farm inputs.

The farmers  note that they have the capacity to fill the deficit.

“There have been reports that plans are underway to reopen a window for duty-free importation of maize to fill shortages of the grain that millers say the country is facing. We are  concerned by the reports and claim there are enough maize stocks to feed the nation until the next harvest,” Maize farmers.

Led by Cereal Growers Association Chairman, Stephanus Kruger,  they are calling for finer details of the intended duty-free maize importation window.

The farmers want to know how long the window would be open and the number of bags that the government would be targeting to allow in, hence calling for more support to boost production.

The Cereal farmers They believe the removal of Value Added Tax on farm inputs and equipment would go a long way in boosting yields. and are also concerned that they are charged hefty charges such as agriculture produce cess when transporting produce across different counties.

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