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He said that the tax on the local poultry industry, worth Rs200 billion and providing jobs to 1.5 million people, would not only jack up the rate of unemployment but it would also turn the export potential into an import liability.
He said imposition of sales tax on poultry feed, which comprises more than 70 per cent of the cost, would result in a 100 per cent increase in the price of poultry meat, an alternative to red meat, providing a check on prices of mutton and beef.
He added that the levy of sales tax on the newly-launched poultry processing industry would wipe it off in its infancy. In Pakistan, currently only three per cent of poultry meat was processed, he said.