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Excise duty no cause of less cultivation of beet crop

A spokesman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has clarified press reports published in a section of the press claiming the cultivation of beet crop in NWFP has been given up by farmers due to excess taxes.

The spokesman has described as misleading and irrelevant claims made by Anjuman-e-Kashtakaran NWFP officer-bearers who have been reported by the press as having complained that the cultivation of the beet crop in NWFP has creased due to imposition of central excise duty in 1995 and other levies in recent times.

The spokesman has maintained that the issue pertaining to year 1995 has no relevance after a lapse of 14 years in the last quarter of 2009 as currently the sugar made from cane or beet crop is chargeable to 8 per cent of sales tax and 1 per cent special excise duty. Hence, the reports blaming the present sugar crisis on the levy of excise duty on beet sugar in 1995 are
without logic and merit.

Hamid Raza Wattoo
Secretary PR
Oct 23, 2009
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