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Hutchinson wants GCT removed from imported farm supplies

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 9:10 PM
Minister without Portfolio in the Agriculture Ministry, J.C. Hutchinson.

Minister without Portfolio in the Agriculture Ministry, J.C. Hutchinson, says he will be advocating for the removal of general consumption tax (GCT) on imported farm supplies.

Hutchinson says these items contribute to the development of the local agricultural industry and help to increase farmers’ production and should not attract GCT.

Meanwhile, Hutchinson says more idle lands should be made available for irrigated agricultural production.

He cites South Manchester as one such area which he says has approximately 5,000 acres of land which can be used for agriculture.

He says the agriculture ministry is engaging stakeholders, particularly Cubans, for their input in solar power technology to drive the irrigation process.

Hutchinson was addressing the final day of a two-day Climate-Smart Agriculture Symposium on Wednesday.