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Friday, February 21, 2020

10 % tax slapped on Maize export is meant to create employment-Dora Siliya

Economy 10 % tax slapped on Maize export is meant to create employment-Dora...

Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya briefing Journalists shortly after presentation of of the 2016 Quarterly Report at State House
Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya briefing Journalists shortly after presentation of of the 2016 Quarterly Report at State House
Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya says the 10 percent tax slapped on Maize export is meant to create employment for local people. Ms Siliya says Government wants exporters to add value by exporting mealie meal and not maize grain.

The Minister has therefore said the 10 percent tax on export of maize will remain in force. Ms Siliya said this following concern s raised by the Zambia National Farmers Union -ZNFU.

ZNFU Media and Public Relations Officer Calvin Kaleyi has said that farmers wants government to remove the 10 percent tax on maize export. Mr. Kaleyi says farmers are of the view that with the 10 percent tax their commodity will be expensive on the market abroad.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. 10% is not even enough. 17 to 20 percentage is much more appropriate. The Ministry of Agriculture, ZRA, and other Government agencies involved should seal all the loopholes so there’s minimum smuggling. This is a commendable initiative by the Min. I support it. Viva Dora!

    • TAULIMA AND YOU DONT KNOW WHAT IS INVOLVED TO HAVE A COB OF MAIZE AND HOW A PEASANT FARMER THROWS IN TO HAVE HIS/ HER MAIZE.
      BA PF YOU ARE THUGS AND CRIMINALS. WHY DONT YOU GET YOUR 20% FROM THE MINES AND OTHER INVESTORS?

  2. Yup its commendale for you.

    But what about the 1,4 million peasant farmers ? They paid for inputs, fought armyworms, and now with the regional bumper crop, they are getting K50 for a bag of maize.

    You wont get cheaper mealie meal because the drop in maize prices will simply be “absorbed” by the millers.

    However, what is the fate of the farmer ? How will the 20 million bags surplus on the maize market be dealt with .

    Be fair, not selfish !

  3. 10 percent is too much 5 percent or 3 percent as the norm for Turn Over Tax is much more realistic, Dora doesn’t understand that the only ones to benefit from a higher tax rate will be rich millers who will be buying maize cheaply from farmers the millers will earn Forex, that Forex will be externalised to banks in SA and elsewhere. If local farmers were allowed to export at a tax lower rate then more forex would enter the country and that forex would be used locally easing the burden on the ZMW exchange rate volatility. These are MMD economics at play- My father the Late Great MCS would not tolerate such anti poor policies.

  4. Why do have to criticize everything? Let’s see how this works or give advice of improving on this.

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