CUSHIONING FARMERS

CS Munya waives export duty and licences on miraa

Says waiving taxes will aid the recovery from effects of Covid-19 and market closure

In Summary
  • Munya appealed to Kiraitu's administration and other county governments to stop taxing traders, revive the farmers economy and uplift their livelihoods.
  • “The only way to assist our farmers is through dropping collection of taxes by counties, until the sector picks up again," he said.
Agriculture CS Peter Munya at Kiengu miraa market, Athiru Ruujine and Kiegoi market in Igembe South, Meru on Wednesday, June 22.
NEW REGULATIONS: Agriculture CS Peter Munya at Kiengu miraa market, Athiru Ruujine and Kiegoi market in Igembe South, Meru on Wednesday, June 22.
Image: GERALD MUTETHIA

Agriculture CS Peter Munya has waived payment of miraa export duty as a precautionary measure against the effects of Covid-19 and closure of markets.

He said this is due to high poverty levels and challenges facing miraa farmers.

The CS spoke on Wednesday at Kiengu miraa market, Athiru Ruujine and Kiegoi market in Igembe South, Meru.

He appealed to Governor Kiraitu Murungi's administration and other county governments to stop taxing traders, revive the farmers economy and uplift their livelihoods.

“The miraa sector has been hit strongly and families have not been having food on their table. The only way to assist our farmers is through dropping collection of taxes by counties, until the sector picks up again," Munya said.

The CS said miraa traders will no longer be required to pay for export licences.

"I have waived all charges on licences, for purposes of exporting miraa. This is a measure to facilitate recovery from Covid-19 and lack of miraa market,” he said.

Munya said miraa regulations are good for the farmer and those against them are against the crop thriving.

“I am not afraid of being taken to court over the regulations. Whoever wishes to move to court, let them go. We will win.

"We were taken to court over tea and coffee reforms, yet farmers are reaping big from the implementation,” he said.

The CS however said speculations that tea bonus is out, should be shunned.

He said he has the interests of farmers at heart and he will be meeting with Tea Board members to deliberate on the bonus payment.

“We have not announced any bonus. KTDA holdings have not announced any bonus. No factory has announced any bonus. Whatever you hear out there is propaganda. I assure farmers bonus will be a boom,” Munya said.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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