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Irish breeders seeking help.

THE Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association yesterday submitted to Government a development strategy for the industry, seeking a total of Irpounds 36m.

Joe Walsh, Minister for Agriculture and Food, has been given a plan covering all aspects of the thoroughbred sector, including training, breeding, housing and handling, marketing, research and equine health.

The ITBA has requested Government to include its request for Irpounds 26.55m in the forthcoming National Development Plan, with the industry itself providing funds of Irpounds 9.4m.

The ITBA believes the industry needs investment of exchequer and EU co- financing to enable it to grow, and is seeking funding for four years beginning in the year 2000.

Derek Iceton, chairman of the ITBA, said yesterday: "We had a frank discussion with Minister Walsh and we are confident that he and his colleagues in Government will recognise the vital need for investment in this sector."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:O'Hehir, Tony
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 23, 1998
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