Published today 16:08
(updated today at 16:15)
The report on the socioeconomic effects of the horse industry, presented on Thursday, shows, among other things, that Vasterbotten has 9,700 horses. The district's horse market has a turnover of SEK 1.2 billion and provides over 500 services throughout the year.
"Now we finally get figures that show what we estimate, horse industry contributes significantly to the economy in rural areas. Horses, for example, strengthen the economy of the farm through the sale of food, says Lotta Folkesson, president of LRF Vasterbotten, also for LRF Hast.
He also notes that horseback operations help maintain the veterinary community in the district, which depends on other farms.
The horse industry is also part of preserving open natural land, maintaining biodiversity and important social activities in the countryside.
In order to further develop the horse industry, LRF Horse has developed a strategy and an action plan. Among other things, it is about raising the issue of reviewing the rules for equestrian companies.
"There is still a lot to promote horse business and that its conditions match other entrepreneurship in comparable industries. The starting point is that the horse is viewed as an agricultural animal, and horseracing as a natural branch of production in Swedish agriculture, says Lotta Folkesson.
In Sweden, there are a total of 360,000 horses, which, with all the positive effects of expansion, account for 72 billion SEK, creating 38,000 jobs and delivering more than 6 billion taxes. The contribution to GDP is 0.5%.
On Thursday, the Action Plan for the National Riding Strategy, an initiative from the LRF, was presented, behind which 30 organizations are standing and working. The goal of the national strategy is to create the conditions for a competitive horse company.