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Solid waste tax ‘a blow’ to farmers


Solid waste tax ‘a blow’ to farmers

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ONE LARGE FARM group has been hit with a municipal solid waste tax bill for $170 000, while some farmers are being asked to shell out between $30 000 and $40 000.
And, said farmer and chairman of the Barbados Sugar Industry Limited (BSIL) Patrick Bethel, with farmers already reeling from this year’s increase in fires, a prolonged dry spell, the perennial problem of praedial larceny, and no price increase in the last decade, they are requesting a meeting with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to discuss the tax.
“A serious blow,” was how Bethel described the controversial tax, the first instalment of which is due by month end.
“You don’t know where you are going to get it. This is money you could be spending on fertiliser, herbicides, employing people,” he said.
While he declined to give the name of the group or the individual farms, Bethel told the WEEKEND NATION: “We’re hoping to have discussions with the Prime Minister on this matter. He has promised to meet with us and we are looking forward to meeting with him to acquaint him with this serious situation.”
He agreed that when the new tax was added to farmers’ already high overheads, it could mean the death of some of those in the industry.