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Targeted fee for land reclamation

Комитет по вопросам АПК, транспорту, строительству, природным ресурсам и экологии

22.09.2020

In connection with the change in natural conditions in recent years, the salvation of the agro-industrial complex of the republic is one of the priority tasks of the state. The climate is becoming more arid, therefore, without artificial irrigation, one cannot count on a good harvest. Today, the main issue on the agrarians' agenda is the restoration of the reclamation system. This was also discussed in the course of the meeting of the Supreme Council Committee on the agro-industrial complex. The deputies in the second reading discussed the draft law with amendments to the law “On the basics of the tax system in the PMR”. We are talking about the introduction of a targeted fee from agricultural producers in the amount of 4 MW per hectare for the development of the agro-industrial complex. This formulation was proposed by the Government. However, the deputies of the relevant committee came up with a proposal to change the purpose of the collection.

In addition, the initial version of the law-in-draft stated that the targeted fee would be levied in accordance with the Land Code.

The fact is that in our republic privileges have already been established for some agricultural lands. For example, in areas that have fallen under grubbing or under the laying of perennial plantings. Discussion arose over whether the new tax would apply to such lands or not.

As a result, by a majority vote, the AIC Committee decided that this fee will be levied on all agricultural land without exception. The deputies of the Committee will defend this point of view during the plenary session. The Supreme Council will decide which wording will remain in the final version. Another issue that the deputy corps will also decide collectively is in what period of the year this targeted fee will be collected. The financial resources that will go to the budget from this collection are planned to be used for the current and major repairs of reclamation networks, the purchase of equipment for irrigation.

The law-in-draft in the second reading will be considered at the plenary session on September 23.