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Thursday, 2 December, 1999, 23:43 GMT
Course sows seeds for organic future
Students at the Institute of Rural Studies Students prepare to boost Wales home-grown organic industry

Students have been enrolling for Britain's first degree in organic farming in Aberystwyth, mid Wales.

The course is based at the Institute of Rural Studies, aims to help boost the number of organic farmers in Wales.

Although the sales of organic food have doubled during the last year,75% of produce is imported and it is this situation, the new course aims to improve.

During the next four years, a dozen students will be learning all aspects of organic farming and farm management.

Experts hope that 10% of farms will become organic within five years forcing imported organic food to make way for the genuine Welsh grown version.

The Welsh Institute of Rural Studies is a major centre for land-based studies.

It was created in 1995 following the merger of the Welsh Agricultural College and the University of Wales Aberystwyth's Department of Agricultural Sciences.

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