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Zanzibar govt restricts food sale to Mainland

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    armanisankara JF-Expert Member

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    Zanzibar government has restricted food items including rice, sugar and wheat flour from entering into the Mainland market in a move to provide relief to its people. Isles Industry, Trade and Marketing minister Nassor Ahmed Mazrui said that the government arrived at the stand when reviewing decision on exportation of food items to East African Community member countries including the Mainland.
    Imported rice in Zanzibar sells at 42,000/- per 50kg, while on the Mainland, the same is disposed of at 75,000/-, he said, adding that all this was a result of tax relief provided by the Isles government.

    The announcement of the stance came when Minister Mazrui was tabling his 2012/13 budget estimates in the ongoing session of the Members of the House of Representatives at Chukwani. The government has reduced the tax rates so as to give relief to its people, he said, noting that rates, also used in other EAC member states are different. The minister however did not fall short of observing that in Zanzibar there are greedy businessmen who might misuse the opportunity by transporting the said commodities to the Mainland, a thing that would be contrary to the government's intention.

    Food prices in Zanzibar have been giving great relief to the people since the government took initiatives to reduce taxes after the start of the holy month of Ramadhan. Explaining, he said that the tax rates of such commodities in EAC member states are as follow: rice is charged 75 percent, sugar 100 percent and wheat flour 35 percent.

    "The government has been obliged to use the law governing the transfer of basic commodities, specifically food items, out of the Isles so as to ensure that there is food security in the area," the minister said.

    In the course of doing so, he said, it has impounded 86.1 tonnes of rice and 60.4 tonnes of sugar that were being illegally transported out of Zanzibar. Minister Mazrui said that the suspects behind the illegal transport were fined and the government collected 33.7m/-
    A research by the Zanzibar government has shown that prices of these commodities have been attracting many businessmen to export the same outside the Isles.

    "The tax difference was due to government policy to empower its people to afford the food items hence get life relief," he said. Zanzibar's tax rates assessment is one tonne per USD160 instead of one tonne per USD 575 and businessmen are required to pay 12.5 percent in tax on the food items.

    It is because of this that in the Zanzibar market, sugar for example, is sold at 1,500/-, rice at 1100/- , while wheat flour sells at 1100/-.
    The Minister told the House of Representatives that trade between Zanzibar and the Mainland has been growing although there have been complaints by businessmen that they are taxed twice in the Mainland market.



    SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

     
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    tpmazembe JF-Expert Member

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    hizo bei labda ni huyo waziri pekee anauziwa hivyo, sijaona duka zanzibar linauza sukari sh 1500 na mchele 1100. HIZO NI SIASA.
     
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    Wimana JF-Expert Member

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    Nimeshangaa sana na hesabu za Waziri, ati kg 50 za mchele kutoka nje unauzwa sh 75,000/-! Maana yake ni kuwa mchele Kitumbo huku Bara unauzwa sh 1,500/- kwa kilo!
    Nani atanunua mchele kitumbo kwa bei kubwa hivyo huku Bara? Labda wapika vitumbua.
     
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    matambo JF-Expert Member

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    haya makubwa kabisa, kweli hii nchi sio moja kabisa, yaani kipande kimeniacha na maswali kibao said that the government arrived at the stand when reviewing decision on exportation of food items to East African Community member countries including the Mainland.
    sasa in maana wao wakipata shida ya chakula tusiwasaidie?
     
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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    This is a joke, right?
     
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    zomba JF-Expert Member

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    Kwani huku tunashida ya chakula? ikiwa Zanzibar wanaweza kushusha bei za vyakula kwao, kwanini hapa isiwezekane, tuige.
     
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    Mzito Kabwela JF-Expert Member

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    Kwa jinsi Mungu wa kweli alivyoikirimia Tanganyika neema, sio rahisi kusaidiwa na Zanzibar Chakula
     
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    Kibanga Ampiga Mkoloni JF-Expert Member

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    Kweli wewe huishi bongo,
    Unaishi wapi? hakuna mchele mzuri chini ya 2000,
    mwezi uliopita nilikuwa MAGUGU BABATI shambani kule mchele ni 1800/1700 bei ya kiwandani shambani.
     
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    MAMMAMIA JF-Expert Member

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    Ikiwa Tanzania Bara na Tanzania Visiwani, wote wanaagiza bidhaa hizo kutoka nje, kwa nini TZBara isipunguze kodi kwa wananchi wake?

    Kwa upande mwengine, TZVisiwani mara zote hulalamika kuwa bidhaa zinazotoka huko kuja TZBara hutozwa kodi mara mbili, kwa hivyo hata bidhaa hizo zitatzwa kodi tena kwa hivyo kuzifanya zibakie kuwa ghali kwa TZBara.

    Suluhisho, sisi tumwage mboga! Maharage, sembe, mchele wa Mbea na mboga mboga zinazotoka TZBara kwenda TZVisiwani tuzipandishe bei.
     
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    Kumbesa Senior Member

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    Biasha haifanywi hivyo atakae poteza soko kwani ni nani ?
     
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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    Jibu rahisi. Serikali ya Zanzibar haitozi kodi. Inasubiria ruzuku ya mainland. Ndio maana mainland hutoza kodi bidhaa zinazoingizwa kutoka Zbar.
     
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