MAJOR SLASH IN THE GRANTS FOR PURE BRED BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATIONS
Spain’s Secretary of State for Rural and Water Resources, dependant upon the Ministry of Agriculture (MARM) has published the Resolution from the 2011 summons for grants dedicated to breeder organizations and associations for the preservation, selection and promotion of pure animal breeds. A total of 7.5 million euros has been approved. This is considerably inferior to the amount for 2010. These funds will be distributed among 56 cattle, sheep, goat, swine and equine livestock associations.
The grants contemplate funds for five specific concepts: Education, training, promotion and outreach, Breeder Competitions, Stud Books, Performance and livestock quality and Centers and facilities.
In the equine sector, there are ten associations included in the Resolution that will receive grants for a total of 1,337,719 euros. ANCCE will receive 384,000 euros, the lowest figure in the last 5 years. These funds will be dedicated to the Purebred Spanish Horse Stud Book and for the improvement of the breed. In short, 86.000 euros have been assigned to the Stud Book, which implies less than 5 euros of aid per horse registered. This ratio is far from what other breeds receive, with ratios exceeding 200 euros per registered horse.
A major allotment will be used in the Breeding Program, one of ANCCE’s priority objectives.
The Resolution, dated the 26th of July, rejects the application for a grant made by the Union of Spanish Horse Breeders (UCCE), “this being a body that is not recognized by the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs and therefore fails to fulfill the requirement established in article 2 of the Order APA/3181/2007, dated the 30th of October.”