Nakuru agribusinesses face new taxes

Nakuru County is set to introduce a raft of charges targeting agribusiness ventures as it looks for extra revenues to finance its 201516 programmes.

The charges, proposed in the Finance Bill for the current financial year, will affect investments in the export of meat, livestock and artificial insemination, among other sectors.

A licence for operating a slaughterhouse targeting the export market will cost Sh6,000.

Auctioning a pig will cost Sh100 and a donkey Sh200. The fee for selling a horse, ostrich and camel will be Sh400. Selling poultry attracts a Sh15 fee.

The new levies are set to increase the price of food in the county. Those selling books on artificial insemination (AI) will be charged Sh200 per copy while the renewal of an AI licence will cost Sh1,500.

Offering vaccination services for dogs and cats will cost Sh100 per animal.

However, the public and other interested parties have until August 4 to present their recommendations on the Bill.

The proposal will be tabled in the County Assembly later for approval or rejection. The Bill offers guidelines on taxes, fees and charges to be paid for goods and services offered within the county.