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Tax Evaders Blamed for Beef Shortage

26 April 2019

ZIMBABWE - Livestock farmers are reluctant to pay animal tax, a situation which has negatively affected the supply of beef in Manicaland, as buyers face difficulties in acquiring clearance letters.

Molus Meats manager Mr Artwell Mwagura said the beef shortage would remain until farmers started paying taxes which would then expedite the clearing of livestock for the market.

Mr Mwagura said tax evasion by livestock farmers was also compromising the quality of beef being produced.

"Shortages are always there despite the outbreak of diseases that we have been experiencing lately," he said. "Some farmers do not pay their annual taxes on livestock and it is a challenge to off takers to get livestock cleared into the market."

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Source: The Herald

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