Liberman: Tariffs on Fruits and Vegetables Will Be Abolished

YERUSHALAYIM

Tariffs on fruits and vegetables will be abolished, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman announced Tuesday morning. The directive includes immediate abolition of customs duties on a variety of fruits and vegetables (avocados, garlic, peas, beans, figs, pineapples, berries, mushrooms and more).

The remaining caps on fresh, frozen and preserved fruits and vegetables will be gradually reduced over five years to maintain local agriculture and allow for an adjustment period.

Assistance for “working citizens” will be also be enlarged and the grant allotted to low-wage earners will be increased.

Liberman: “As we promised, we will continue to work to increase the disposable income of Israeli citizens and reduce spending. The agricultural reform that is being launched will significantly reduce the prices of fruits and vegetables and bring down prices for citizens. We do not forget the business owners, we will continue to help businesses that have been affected by the Corona virus and we will stand by them in times of crisis.”

On Tuesday evening, 17 MKs, all in the government coalition, sent a letter to Speaker of the Knesset Miki Levy seeking to cancel Liberman’s decree.

“To our regret, at a time of global economic crisis due to the fighting in Ukraine, which underlines the need for the state of Israel to organize its food security, the officials of the Treasury and Agriculture Ministries have chosen to trample on the agreements of the coalition and harm local production,” according to a quote from Ynet.

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