Zakaat on bamboo and sugarcane

Q: I have question regarding zakat. I have cultivated bamboo on my land. Do I have to give zakat on bamboo? As far I know, the bamboo plant is not for eating so after harvesting it will I have to pay zakat?

What about sugarcane cultivation? E.g if I cultivate sugarcane on my land, it takes one year to harvest and after harvesting I have to send it to the sugar mills and I receive my money like after 2-3 months. So it takes 14 months and my harvest is almost more than 40000 mound what I have to pay? Will it count in money? 

A: Since you are specifically cultivating bamboo, ushr will be compulsory on the bamboo harvest. The same will apply to the sugar cane.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

أما قصب السكر وقصب الذريرة ففيهما العشر لأنه يقصد بهما استغلال الأرض بخلاف السعف والتبن لأن المقصود الحب والتمر دونهما (الهداية 1/ 108)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)