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BBC Wales's Nan Pickering
"Mr Cottle is resolved to press ahead"
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Thursday, 17 May, 2001, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Minister hopes to halt GM trial
GM trial protest, Sealand, Flintshire
Demonstrators tried to halt last year's trials at Sealand
Agriculture Minister Carwyn Jones has arranged a meeting with north Wales landowner John Cottle to try and persuade him to abandon GM crop trials on his farm.

Mr Cottle - who farms at Sealand in Flintshire - is allowing his land to be used for trials of genetically modified maize.

GM farmer John Cottle
John Cottle: planted GM seed
He is now the only farmer in Wales taking part in the fodder crop trials. A similar project at Mathry in Pembrokeshire, west Wales was withdrawn a week ago following considerable local protests.

A representative from Aventis - the company marketing the GM maize - is expected to attend the meeting in mid Wales on Thursday, along with Flintshire assembly member Tom Middlehurst.

The decision by twi Pembrokeshire landowners to withdraw gave renewed hope to organic farmers and other anti-GM campaigners in the north, who were delighted that public pressure had achieved so much.

Mr Cottle has so far resisted the pleas of local protesters to abandon the trial.

'Advantages'

He received his fodder maize seed on two weeks ago and the seed was planted immediately.

And he accused the protesters of failing to see the potential of the crop.

"There are so many advantages of using this spray on GM maize; they are making a big mistake," he said.

The controversial trials have been opposed by environmental groups and the Welsh Assembly.

The Welsh Assembly has fought for six months to try to "go it alone" and prevent the crops from being grown at all in Wales.

Scientific studies carried out on behalf of the assembly failed to give Welsh Agriculture Minister Carwyn Jones the proof he needed to ban the GM crops.

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