SA Canegrowers states the announcement on Monday by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana of a 12-thirty day period delay in the sugar tax increase provides a welcome reprieve for South Africa’s modest-scale growers.
The increase, which was thanks to occur into result on Monday, was set to see the sugar tax surge from 2.21 to 2.31 cents for each gram of sugar as declared by the minister in his Finances Speech in February.
The affiliation states the increase would have exacerbated the problems the sector now faces as a consequence of soaring input costs. Not only is the latest diesel gasoline selling price 40% previously mentioned that of March 2021, it is anticipated to soar even better, when the expense of fertiliser has elevated a lot more than 160% as opposed with past year.
“While [the] announcement provides some small-phrase aid to growers, it is important that government focuses on examining the prolonged-term implications of trying to keep the tax in area,” the association reported in a statement.
“SA Canegrowers will consequently continue on to have interaction government in this regard and will continue calling for even further analysis into the impact of the tax on obesity stages as very well as on employment and earnings from 2018 to date.”
According to the association, the initially calendar year of the sugar tax (2018) charge the nation more than 16 000 employment and R2.05 billion, in spite of government failing to generate any proof (to date) that it has had any effect on decreasing being overweight.
“Modelling commissioned by SA Canegrowers with the Bureau for Food stuff and Agricultural Policy reveals that protecting the sugar tax at the present stage will even now value the business a more 15 984 seasonal and lasting employment and will be a major contributing aspect in direction of a drop of 46 600 hectares of place less than cane above the up coming 10 a long time,” SA Canegrowers extra.
“However, there would have been even even more work and profits losses if the prepared raise experienced gone ahead nowadays (Monday).”
Palesa Mofokeng is a Moneyweb intern.