Sugar tax takes its toll – say North Coast farmers

- | 7 months ago

Local cane growers are begging government for relief, claiming the sugar tax is bringing the already fragile industry to its knees.

As of April 2018, government placed a 2. 1 cent tax on a gram of sugar for beverages, with hopes to curb obesity – cutting down the sugar demand by nearly 170 000 tons and costing the industry an estimated R1 billion in revenue in just one year.

This week, Tongaat cane growers told Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip John Steenhuisen and shadow minister for trade and industry, Dean Macpherson, that aside from sugar tax, illegally imported sugar and low exporting tariff prices were perfect storms for job losses in the industry.

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