As the Government prepares to announce its cost-of-living measures, the IFA National Poultry Chairman Nigel Sweetnam said the retention of the 9% VAT on LPG gas & electricity is critical.
“If this is reversed, it would be inflationary and could lead to significant cost increases for poultry farmers across the country,” he said.
“Carbon tax is now 2% of the cost of rearing a chicken. As a result, we believe it’s imperative that the Government retains the current 9% VAT rate on LPG gas to help alleviate the financial burden on poultry farmers,” he said.
The poultry sector plays a vital role in supplying high-quality and affordable food and any unnecessary cost increases could have a significant impact on both the industry and the consumers who rely on our products.
The reduction from 13.5% vat to 9% vat was introduced on gas and electricity as part of the National Energy Security Framework to secure supply after the Ukraine war.
“We urge the Government to consider the impact that this change could have and to take steps to support poultry farmers during these challenging times. By retaining the 9% VAT rate on LPG gas, the Government can help to ensure the sustainability of the poultry industry and safeguard the interests of consumers,” he concluded.