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.