Eight farmer organizations of Moldova have sent a letter to President Nicolae Timofti and Parliament Speaker Marian Lupu to convene an extraordinary plenary meeting of the Moldovan Parliament urgently.
Alexandru Slusari, Chairman of the UniAgroProtect Union of Associations of Agricultural Producers, told Infotag in this connection that deputies have gone on a summer recess, having not solved so many vital state problems. Therefore, there is no other way out but to revoke them from their resorts for an emergency plenary meeting, in which they must cancel their decision on raising the VAT on agriculture to 20% from the current 8%.
“The President of Moldova must protect Moldovan farmers. This is exactly why we demand that he must deny promulgation to the law on raising the VAT on agriculture, including on sugar, to 20%.
In his words, if the country leaders refuse to meet farmers’ demand, mass-scale actions of protest will begin across Moldova from July 31.
“The Union and farmers took a joint decision that on July 31 main roads in all Moldovan raions will be blocked with tractors, combine harvesters and other heavy machines. We shall prove that when we act together, we are a force to be respected, and we should not be humiliated, infringed on or devastated. The International Monetary Fund, which recommended the Moldovan Government to push up the VAT, will also see what Moldovan farmers are capable of”, stated Alexandru Slusari.
“Our next step will be the occupation of the Chisinau’s central Great National Assembly Square by farmers with pitchforks and spades in hands”, warned the Union leader.
As already reported by Infotag, last Thursday the Moldovan Parliament approved the 2013 budget-and-tax policy, according to which the value-added tax on agriculture shall be increased to 20% from 8% presently, but the Government is supposed to repay 12% of the VAT sums back to farmers within maximum 30 days. As the Government explained, the VAT on agriculture and sugar was raised to ensure a 3% GDP growth in 2013, to maintain a budget deficit at the level of 1.2% and inflation at 4.8%.