BAGO DIVISION – Residents of Thayarwaddy Township said that if they buy fuel in containers, they have to pay 5 percent of the purchase amount to the junta council.
The junta council administration reportedly ordered the gas stations to pay 5 percent of the purchase price to the military council if customers came to buy fuel in gallon containers or drums, but if cars and motorcycles were brought to the gas station to fuel up, they can buy it without paying a percentage to the junta council.
Starting in September, similar collections of a percentage of the sales from the farmers who buy fuel for machinery has been conducted in Nga Phyu Lai Village as well as the gas stations in the city of Thonse and in Thayarwaddy Township.
A farmer from Thayarwaddy Township said that the farmers who use the agricultural equipment have to pay more because of those charges.
“If you go to the pump and buy in gallon containers, if you buy for 10,000 worth, you have to pay an extra 500 kyats. If you don’t pay, they won’t sell it. Also, oil is a basic necessity for farming, so we have no choice, but to pay,” he added.
He said that the farmers are not satisfied with the fact that they have to pay extra on the purchase of fuel as taxes at a time when the prices of unavoidable costs for farming operations are going up and they are incurring losses.