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14/10/2012

Rachael Garside hears how the pig industry in Wales is in crisis.

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Mon 15 Oct 2012 05:30

Pig Crisis, Agricultural Wages and capitalising on Wildlife Tourism

The pig industry in Wales is in crisis - with rocketing feed prices and cheap imports many producers are struggling to stay in business. According to Meat Promotion Wales the number of pigs in Wales has more than halved in a decade.

Should the Agricultural Wages Board, which has been protecting pay and conditions for farm workers for the last 60 years be retained in Wales? Two years ago the UK government decided to abolish the Board but this week in the Senedd Mick Antoniw, the member for Pontypridd launched the case for the retaining it claiming that thousand of workers would be forced into poverty in rural Wales. We speak to the YFC Wales who are backing Mr Antoniw's calls and the NFU who agree with the abolition of the board saying it's outdated.

Castles and our heritage usually feature high up on many a tourist's visit to Wales but are we missing out on the potential our wildlife has to offer? We meet the woman who has set herself a mission - to inspire local businesses and promote the benefits of wildlife tourism that Wales has to offer and should capitalise on .

Fungi can help control the pests that damage agricultural crops and trees and have a positive impact on farming and the environment throughout Europe. We speak to the researchers from Swansea University behind the study and to Bruce Langridge from the National Botanic Gardens which is holding it's very first Wales Fungus day this weekend.

And It's been exciting times at Aberglasney recently as restoration work is underway on one of Wales' great historic houses. The gardens have come along way since their derelict state less than 15 years ago but now an extensive programme will see the restoration of the main hall, the reinstating of an elegant staircase, and work on the interior of the East Wing of this historic grade II listed house.