Poultry farmers demand scrapping of tax on chicks

KASHMIR - The valley-based poultry farmers have appealed the state government to scrap the Rs 2 tax on each imported chick or levy it on weight basis.

Speaking in the poultry scientists–farmers’ meet at Veterinary College, Alesteng, here, farmers complained that the Rs 2 tax levied as per quantity adds to the production costs and makes the activity non-remunerative.

“The tax on the poultry is dealing a deadly blow to the industry, which has been gripping in crisis after crisis,” they said.

Farmers said at present a chick is imported at Rs 19. By adding Rs 2 tax to every chick the cost of production increases substantially.

Terming the demand of the farmers as genuine, the scientists sought immediate attention of the government in this regard.

Dr A L Bhagwat, Secretary World Poultry Scientific Association Indian Branch in his address to the farmers also supported the demand.

Assuring all help to the poultry farmers in their ventures Bhagwat strongly advocated setting up of more hatcheries in Kashmir so that the farmers’ dependence on outside sources is minimized and the farming becomes remunerative.

Source: greaterkashmir.com
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