Farms across Iceland experienced the worst grain harvest in the past ten years, with shortages falling to less than half of the needed supply.
RÚV reports that unusually cold temperatures over the past year led to crops not growing to maturity in numerous regions of the country, including Eyjafjörður, Þingeyjarsýsla and Svarfaðardal.
Agricultural expert Ingvar Björnsson told reporters that last summer, a crop of some 2500 tonnes of grain was expected. In reality, barely 1,000 tonnes was harvested. This makes it the worst grain harvest in a decade, when a massive shortage hit the country hard.
The consequences of this poor harvest have yet to be felt. First and foremost, the farmers will receive financial compensation for their losses. Ingvar says that harvests in Þingeyjarsýsla were so bad that the effects will carry over into the spring as well.
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