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Katabi Town Council Moves to Tax Urban Farmers :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Katabi Town Council Moves to Tax Urban Farmers

The town council suggests that urban farmers should be able to contribute to the locally generated revenue in their area, out of the activities through which they earn a living. The levy will cover persons practising farming on both a commercial and subsistence scale, according to Katabi Town Clerk Paddy Kakumba.
Rev Patrick Dambya, one of the farmers in Katabi town council

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Katabi Town Council authorities are considering a new levy targeting urban farmers in the area.   The area has recorded an increase in the number of people involved in urban farming and gardening, mainly on a small scale. They are involved in crop production, poultry and raring of animals which include, among others, cattle, goats and rabbits.

The town council suggests that urban farmers should be able to contribute to the locally generated revenue in their area, out of the activities through which they earn a living. The levy will cover persons practising farming on both a commercial and subsistence scale, according to Katabi Town Clerk Paddy Kakumba. 

“In Principals of taxation, anything that can contribute to the welfare of the institution has levied a fee that would in turn help institutions to move forward. People practising farming need to know that there is a need for the town councils to raise revenue,” he said.  Kakumba adds that the idea will start with a farmer’s census. 

Molly Namwanje, a rabbit farmer at Kyankolokolo, a village on the outskirts of Nkumba questioned why such taxes are imposed on farmers yet there is a limited effort by the town council to help them improve through provision of extension workers, inputs and better farming practices.    

//Cue In; “nga ffe abalunzi … 

Cue out… tusobole okwejja mu.”//      

Poultry farmer Patrick Dambya welcomed the initiative but hastened to add that it would be more meaningful if such taxes manifest into improved urban agriculture in Katabi. He says, he had previously sought guidance from the town council on how to manage litter but failed.    

//Cue in; “Kubanga nagenda okukilaba … 

Cue out… okukola amasanyalaze gona.”//    

Katabi Town Council Chairperson Ronald Kalema observes a need to widen the tax base for the Sub County to be able to handle several projects that include the construction of the town council headquarters in Kitala.  

The Sub County projects to collect up to 1.25 billion Shillings as locally raised revenue in its 2019/2020 budget.

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