Domestic producers of seasonal agricultural products will be given the opportunity to work legally, with the payment of a local fee.
The government has approved a draft amendment to the Law on Internal Trade, which provides for the legalization of the activities of “home producers” of goods grown on a personal plot or in a vegetable garden. Households will be able to sell only seasonal agricultural products produced and stored in accordance with safety requirements, as well as goods of animal origin - in kind, in live weight and killed, subject to sanitary and veterinary requirements. The sale of goods that must undergo a sanitary and veterinary inspection will be allowed in accordance with a procedure that will be approved by the government. According to the bill, home growers will be able to sell products on the market, or from home / at the farm. Those wishing to legally sell household goods will need to fill out a special declaration. It will indicate, among other things, the approximate volume / quantity of agricultural products that are planned to be sold. Following the sale or expiration of the product, the declaration will indicate the amount received by the home manufacturer. The declaration is valid for 30 days. The declaration will be issued and kept (within 1 year) by the market administration or local authorities. They will also be authorized to check for compliance with the data in the declaration and the actual stocks and sales of the home manufacturer. The bill stipulates that domestic producers will not register as entrepreneurs and submit notifications to start trading activities. However, they will be charged a local tax of up to 0.5% of the guaranteed minimum in the real sector. Local authorities will approve the amount of the fee, or provide an exemption from its application. The bill notes that household producers will not be considered persons who are engaged in the cultivation and sale of agricultural and livestock products for commercial purposes (they use leased land, equipment and special equipment, sell products in large volumes or sell products that do not correspond to the climatic zone and etc.). The government will have to establish a procedure for registering, summarizing and analyzing data from declarations, using the automated system “Repayment of tax liabilities through the System of collection of local taxes and fees”. Home manufacturers will be held accountable to consumers for the quality and conformity of their products. The explanatory note to the project notes that these changes have been made taking into account the social reality: people who grow agricultural products at home are trying to sell them near markets. Most often these are pensioners, and the sale of surplus agricultural products for them is the only source of income. The bill must be approved by the country's parliament. // 15.10.2020 — InfoMarket.