Company gets Shs16b tax break to import rice

 A rice grower at Doho rice farm . A row is brewing between Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde and rice growers over allowing a single firm to import rice from Tanzania tax-free.  PHOTO/FILE

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  • The ministry also worked to ensure that the firm got a tax waiver which allowed it to bring in the rice without paying VAT and withholding tax.
  • Ms Mbabazi said the only way the situation in the sector can be normalised is by levying taxes on the rice.

A row is brewing between Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde and rice growers over allowing a single firm to import rice from Tanzania tax-free, a move other players say disadvantages them and frustrates the growing of rice in the country.
The Rice Association of Uganda (RAU), as a result, has sent a protest note to Ms Kyambadde, questioning the logic behind the ministry’s decision to allow a single firm to import 50,000 metric tonnes of rice from Tanzania without paying taxes.

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