Considerable damage has been reported to pastures in south Iceland due to ash fall from the volcanic eruption in Grímsvötn on Vatnajökull with up to a ten-centimeter thick ash cover in some places. It is uncertain whether farmers can produce hay this summer.
The first hours of the Grímsvötn eruption. Photo by Patrick J. Dorflein.
The rural districts Fljótshverfi and Sída were subject to some of the worst ash fall. Consultants from the South Iceland Farmers’ Union are currently evaluating the situation and will decide what measures will be taken, ruv.is reports.
Perhaps the pastures will recover in the next few weeks but if not they may have to be plowed, in which case farmers might have to be compensated by the Farming Emergency Fund. The situation at all farms in the ash fall area will be evaluated.
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