Tanzania is set to waive some of the levies and taxes imposed on locally produced seeds in the east African nation in a move aimed at scaling up the agricultural sector.
Charles Tizeba, Tanzania’s Minister for Agriculture made the pledge on Thursday when speaking at the 22nd meeting of the National Network of Farmers Groups Tanzania (MVIWATA) held in eastern Tanzania’s region of Morogoro.
“We want also see local seed producers be able to compete in the regional market,” the minister said.
The minister said as Tanzania imposed those high charges, the neighbouring countries of Kenya and Uganda imposed charges that did not reach even half the charges imposed by Tanzania, a move that turned the latter into a seed market.
Tanzania has higher agro taxes and levies compared to neighbouring countries, something which has been bogging Tanzania down when it comes to trade. Enditem