The first webinar was presented on May 4, 2020, and addressed the topic of “Agriculture” and particularly aimed at the primary sector. During the first Webinar, Mr. Ludwig Rasmijn, Spatial
Planner and Educator in Horticulture at Santa Rosa, presented the following topics:
- Convert hobby agriculture to commercial agriculture;
- how to start a small home garden with small plants;
- how to start a vegetable garden in “raised beds” ;
- aquaponics explained;
- how to safe water when irrigating plants;
- what do I need to consider when granted an agriculture land;
- local produce in demand;
- needed changes when turning into agripreneur;
- produce consistency for locally harvested produce;
- irrigation water offered by Santa Rosa.
Marylaine Croes, ex-student of ‘Expert Cultivation and Green Technology’ in the Netherlands, presented what this study entails, among other things, cultivation preparation, soil science and crop protection, the innovative part in agriculture and the difference between aquaponics and hydroponics, which crops to produce in Aruba, She also encourages participants to plant flowers and which flowers to plant in Aruba. The purpose of this presentation is to motivate young people to study agriculture.
On July 8 and 9, 2020 IDEA, presented two more Webinars. On July 8, 2020, the Customs Department provided information about tax-free import of products and materials for anyone in the primary sector who does commercial agriculture. On July 9, 2020, the Tax Department presented the Tax exemption on Income-tax, Profit tax, and BBO for those in the primary sector.
The “Import Duty-Exemption on Agricultural, Livestock and Fishery Products for
Entrepreneurs” Webinar was presented by Mr. Enrico Soto from the Technical Department of the Aruba Customs.
He talked about the law and article which regulates the exemption from import duties for the primary sector (LV IU&D art. 128 par. 1 sub 6ª and b) ;
- The exceptions provided by this law on imported products and merchandise for the primary sector
- requirements to needed to be able to qualify for the tax exempt at the customs department
- examples of items excluded from the exemption from import duties.
- unexpected inspections by the custom’s department.
Webinar “Aruba’s Tax Exemption in Agriculture”
This Webinar was presented by mr. Angeline T. Geerman-Giel, specialist in income tax and payroll tax at the DIMP.
Angeline talked about the tax exemption on profit tax, income tax and BBO/BAVP/BAZV.
She also provided details of which entrepreneur would qualify for this tax exemption but also which products are exempted including the application process for the tax exemption on profit and sales. She also talked about the national ordinance import export and
transit (LV IU&D) but also what the arrangements are for small businesses ((Small Business Arrangement (KOR, art. 14ª BBO))
The Webinars included Q&A sessions and all questions were answered by the end of each presentation.