Ash Wrecks Indonesian Farmland

Rivers of mud and rocks, and clouds of hot ash, have devastated farmland in Central Java, Indonesia.

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.”

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