By Aisha Tamba
The Gambia Government has announced measures to facilitate the accessibility and affordability of livestock in preparation for the upcoming Tobaski feast expected to be observed on July 20.
A statement from the Ministry of Trade said it had a consultative meeting with relevant stakeholders in the livestock sector with the objective of facilitating the importation and sales of livestock for citizens.
According to the ministry, effective Saturday all duties and domestic taxes by Gambia Revenue Authority will be waived during the period in addition to a 50- percent reduction of fees for the ferry crossing for all livestock dealers.
“Furthermore, the Banjul City Council, Kanifing Municipal Council, and Brikama Area Council have all waived fees and taxes for livestock dealers except for cleaning fees for livestock dealers in KM,” the statement said. The statement also added that the Gambia Immigration Department will as well facilitate entry of the dealers into the country and where necessary, issue free laissez-pass to dealers from the Ecowas region.
“All dealers in livestock are reminded that the government undertakes these measures to facilitate the accessibility and affordability of livestock. Livestock dealers must therefore ensure that these positive steps are reflected in their prices,” the statement concluded.