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Assocham seeks review of 18% GST on bio-fertilisers, organic manures

Before GST rollout, bio-pesticides or bio-control agents were taxed in bracket of 5-6%

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Assocham seeks review of 18% GST on bio-fertilisers, organic manures

Industry body on Wednesday asked the government to review 18 per cent rate on select agriculture inputs like bio-fertilisers, bio-pesticides and so as to compress the use of chemical fertilisers.

In a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the industry body said a higher on bio-fertilisers, will promote the use of chemical fertilisers and impact public health.


"Higher in this segment will directly promote chemical usage thereby leading to increase in green house gas emissions, besides it will adversely impact public health," it said in the letter.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate imposed on these items directly contradict efforts being made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in promoting projects such as Swachh Bharat, Soil Health Card, Namami Gange and various organic missions, said.

Prior to July 1, when was rolled out, bio-pesticides or bio-control agents were taxed in bracket of 5-6 per cent by majority of states but on basis of their certifications they were exempt from paying excise and other taxes.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 18:57 IST
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