Ex­empt­ing sub­sis­tence farm­ers from land tax

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — With re­gards to the land tax, a levy which was ini­ti­ated through the Fi­nance Act No 8 of 2015, it is more re­al­is­tic if the tax is only di­rected to largescale com­mer­cial farm­ers and spare the small­holder farm­ers.

Small scale farm­ers rely on agri­cul­ture for food se­cu­rity and are left with lit­tle grain to sell on the mar­ket.

Even those who do sell the sur­plus may do so through barter trade or ex­change which is not re­ally in mon­e­tary terms.

This will make it dif­fi­cult for them to af­ford these levies when their agri­cul­ture is on a sub­sis­tence ba­sis not com­mer­cial.

Some, if not the ma­jor­ity plant and use re­cy­cled seed due to un­avail­abil­ity of cap­i­tal to buy cer­ti­fied seed, with a few lucky ones re­ceiv­ing sup­port from their sons and daugh­ters work­ing in ur­ban ar­eas.

Those farm­ers who en­gage in more prof­itable farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like hor­ti­cul­ture should of course pay more than those who con­sider farm­ing solely for food se­cu­rity and not as busi­ness.

The idea is to lessen pres­sure on these small­holder farm­ers with the re­al­ity of a tight eco­nomic space the coun­try finds it­self in.

How­ever we ap­pre­ci­ate and ac­knowl­edge the role the Gov­ern­ment has been play­ing in en­sur­ing that the vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties in need of food are as­sisted through the Ur­ban Food Pro­grammes as well the School Feed­ing Pro­grammes.

There is also a need to en­cour­age those who ben­e­fited from The Land Re­form Pro­gramme and other na­tional pro­grammes like Com­mand Agri­cul­ture to fully utilise the land and re­courses and in­puts al­lo­cated to them.

This will do a lot for the good and ben­e­fit of the na­tion at large es­pe­cially in the face of such global chal­lenges like cli­mate change. Felix Zonke

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