Volcanic Ash Wrecks Indonesian Farmland
About 15 traditional agricultural markets stopped completely. It is quite difficult for us to find any vegetables or agricultural products, fruit or whatever. Dr. Siti Subandaya, agriculture professor, Jogjakarta Univ.
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HOLLY NOTE: As more volcanoes reawaken combined with other disasters their toll on crops multiply. Though Merapi directly affected crops and livestock thousands of miles away, it's had worldwide repercussions. Indonesia will need to import food, taking yet another hit on shrinking global grain reserves. Rising demand yet lower yields this year are already raising food prices in America and around the world.
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November 19, 2010
Rivers of mud and rocks, and clouds of hot ash, have devastated farmland in Central Java, Indonesia.
Photo: A search and rescue team looks for volcano victims in ash-covered Wukirsari village in the Indonesian Central Java province. (Sigit Pamungkas)
The region is short of fruit and vegetables, after a month of eruptions from Mount Merapi volcano.
The Indonesian Department of Agriculture says 2000 cattle and buffalo have been killed and 61,000 livestock are at risk of starvation, because ash thickly covers their grazing land.
Dr Siti Subandaya, agriculture professor at the University in Jogjakarta, says the once fertile farmland could take 10 years to recover.
"About 15 traditional agricultural markets stopped completely. It is quite difficult for us to find any vegetables or agricultural products, fruit or whatever."