Poultry farmers in Ogun state have expressed concern over the multiple taxation and levies they are being compelled to pay by different government agencies in the state.
They asked the state government to quickly harmonize its taxes and levies to allow transparency.
The state chairperson of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Mrs Blessing Alawode, speaking in Idiroko at a seminar organized for poultry and maize farmers in the state, said the failure of the state government to address the multiple tax challenge may force them out of business.
For instance, she explained that an average poultry farmer is paying a minimum of five taxes and levies to different government agencies in the state.
Alawode listed the government agencies as the livestocks department, the veterinary department, both from the state’s agriculture ministry, the commerce ministry, and the state bureau of lands
She said their members also pay in addition personal income tax to the state government.
The association’s general secretary for the South West region, Doctor Lekan Odunsi, in his goodwill message, asked the poultry farmers to obtain necessary documents including poultry license, before they start operation in the farms.