With the aim of attracting investors and ensuring poultry products at
affordable prices, the Pakistan Poultry Association has urged the government to
give the poultry industry income tax exemptions for 10
Chairmen of the Association, Shahid Mahmood Dar and Abdul Basit made this
clear at a recent conference, where poultry industry leaders made
recommendations for the forthcoming budget. They also demanded that electricity
tariffs, which are given to tube-wells for agriculture, should also be applied
on poultry farms.
Exports and imports
Regarding central budget, Association leaders demanded that subsidy on the
export of poultry products and rebate at the rate of 25% should be given to the
exporters of eggs and a day-old-chicks.
It was also demanded that the import of grand parent stock be duty free.
All registered goods and medicine related to poultry should be imported on duty
of maximum 10%. They said that import of poultry medicine should also be free of
custom duty and sales tax, particularly items that are not locally
In terms of provincial duties, they said no objection certificate (NOC) fee
up to Rs 1000 (US$16.6) should be charged instead of Rs 5 ($0.08) per sq
ft. Other proposals included license fees per poultry farm should be Rs 250
($4.15) per year, license fees for feed mills should be Rs 2000 per year,
Hatchery Rs 2000 ($33.17) per year, development charges should be fixed at Rs
500 ($8.29) per acre, building plan fee and malba fee should be exempted and not
to be charged from the farmers.
Dar and Basit further stated that the poultry industry was part of the
agricultural sector and regulated by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and
Livestock, meaning that the industry is not liable to be taxed under Urban
Immovable Property Tax Act 1956, and it was not covered under the categories
classified for purpose of levy of property tax.
Therefore property tax, which has been levied on the poultry industry,
should be withdrawn forthwith and small poultry farms should be given
incentives, like small agriculturists are exempted from all kinds of taxes, they