Govt to remove fishing gear taxes

15Feb 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt to remove fishing gear taxes

THE government has said it is working to remove fishing gear taxes in a new drive aimed to strengthen the sector, increase employment and boost national income.

Deputy minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Abdallah Ulega said this on Tuesday during the inauguration of new fish farming technology in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam. The technology will be applied by Big Fish Company.

The deputy minister said that there is a need to review the law so as to grant tax exemption in fishing tools as it is in some of the agricultural tools.

“We will work on this but we need to be extra careful because some of dishonest people may use the fishing tools in other activities thus denying revenue to the government…the modern fishing technology also involve pipes which are relevant to those used in house construction, so some people may evade tax by claiming that they are importing the tools for fishing while not,” he added.

The fishing sector contributes was 1.7 percent in GDP and provides 4.5 employment something which confirms that fishing is important to the country’s economy.

He said that the fishery sub-sector has continued to regulate and control fishery resources through patrols and special operations; quality control and safety of fishery products; enhancing participation of fishery communities in managing fishery resources through participatory fishery management groups; and improving fishery infrastructure including fish landing sites.

He also mentioned shortage of quality feeds for fish as among the challenges facing the sector as it affects growth and production.

Ulega commended Netherlands government for its continued support to enable development of the sector.

Abraham Mdneme, director of Big Fish Company thanked the government of Tanzania for supporting the company and ensuring that the aquaculture investment conditions are improved for the firm to operate smooth.

“We also commended the government of Netherlands for supporting us with quality equipment which will help us increase production as well as employment to local people,” he said.

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