Irish breeders voice concerns in parliament
A DELEGATION from the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association was in Brussels yesterday to press the case for their members tothe European parliament.
Hosted by Ireland East MEP Mairead McGuinness, the ITBA delegation, led by chairman Dean Harron, raised concerns over the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), funding of the racing sector and the impact of online gambling on the sector.
The CAP is a system of European Union agricultural subsidies and programmes that assist landowners with maintenance of crops and landthat can be cultivated.
"It is important that the concerns of breeders are raised in this
critical period of discussion on reform of the CAP," said McGuinness.
"Many breeders in Ireland are relatively small scale."
"Yet, critically, up to 20,000 jobs are reliant on the sector. It's a sector that makes an important contribution, both locally and to the national economy."