Growers and exporters of fruit and vegetables have called on the Jordanian government to urgently approve the extension of exemption of fees imposed on produce intended for export.
According to President of the Cooperative Society for Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Suleiman Hiyari, several associations in the sector sent a joint statement to mayor Yousef Shawarbeh of the Greater Amman Municipality, as well as the prime minister last November. I in, they were asking for an extension of the exemption of fees on products under the wholesale market system for horticultural products.
A decision was issued last year to exempt farmers from export yard fees charged by the municipality by 75 per cent, in addition to the exemption of the empty packaging and transportation fees, provided they are borne by the merchant.
“No decision has been issued to approve this yet, but we were told that Shawarbeh had discussed it during his meeting last week with Minister of Agriculture Mohammad Daoudiyeh,” he told The Jordan Times.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture Lawrence Majali said that Daoudiyeh and Shawarbeh discussed “several of the current central market procedures that have been previously prepared in partnership with the various sectors concerned, among which was the issue of extending the exemption period in question”.