Seeraj spoke of the number of increases saddling the sector including the 600% rise in fees for land rentals and other charges to farmers by the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA).
He compared this with the reduction of the tributors tax following some form of representation by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), noting that the results are unfair.
“There have been massive protests by stakeholders of the agriculture sector. A motion was brought in the Parliament and it was debated. I don’t recall the GGDMA moving to those measures,” he stated.
Seeraj questioned by the agriculture sector didn’t benefit from any relief.
“Is the agriculture sector not perceived to be politically aligned with the Government?”
In this regard, Seeraj lambasted the government for not putting measures in place to address the plights of thousands of farmers who are finding it difficult to meet their obligations with the commerical banks and with the government among other expenses.
“Year after year we continue to talk about it … This sector has been given tremendous support from governments world over but here we are taxing the sector,” he stated.