Bengaluru: GST hits farm equipment makers, farmers hard

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ABILASH MARISWAMY
Published Mar 12, 2018, 2:29 am IST
Updated Mar 12, 2018, 2:29 am IST
Farm machines include threshers, drip irrigation system, harrow and cultivators.
The farmers in the city are demanding a reduction of GST on high tech agricultural equipment.
 The farmers in the city are demanding a reduction of GST on high tech agricultural equipment.

BENGALURU: Goods and Services Tax has hit farm machinery manufacturers and farmers very hard as the current tax rate is 12%, up from 5.5% under the earlier VAT system. Farm machines include threshers, drip irrigation system, harrow and cultivators.

Similarly, the tax rate on pesticide sprayers has increased three folds to 18% from 6% and on electric motors it has gone up to 12% from 7%. However, on some machineries like multi-craft engines, it remains at 28%. 

 

The farmers in the city are demanding a reduction of GST on high tech agricultural equipment. "Irrigation costs have gone up by half the price and we are finding it difficult to adopt high-tech farming because of the price. Earlier these machineries were available at a reasonable rate," said Venkatesh, a farmer.  

Professor H.G. Ashoka, Department of Agriculture Engineering, GKVK said, "Farmers are facing a lot of difficulties in today's scenario. They are not even getting the margin for their investment. Earlier, the VAT rate on agricultural machineries was 5.5% and now under GST it is 28% which was later reduced to 18%."

Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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