It's a rip-off for small farmers

2012-02-23 00:00

NO tax incentive for small businesses announced in yesterday’s budget speech could possibly make up for fuel hikes on a small farm at Sawoti, said Anand Gramoney, who spends half his income on fuel.

He described yesterday’s budget speech as “a rip-off”.

“I firmly believe that the government needs to have some sort of subsidy in place for our fuel and chemicals,” he said.

Chemicals make up half of Gramoney’s non-fuel costs.

However, he welcomed mention of support for emerging farmers.

“The training for small farmers is very welcome.

“I hope it is [also] for existing farmers.”

Gramoney, who has been on his land for 20 years, said there was a desperate need to stabilise the small farmers’ sector.

“And after that bring in new farmers, which is also important.”

He said hoped the government would send the right people to help such farmers.

“I’ve seen lots of people come out here on farm projects and they know nothing about farming.

“All the government is doing is wasting money.

“They should rather employ a farmer who has expertise in farming, someone who knows the ground work to run these projects …”

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