Will flower growers, importers and exporters be affected?
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency following increasing activity of the Cotopaxi volcano near the capital, Quito. Officials evacuated several hundred people from nearby villages after the volcano began to erupt on Friday.
At the initial stages of the volcano, there were fears that escalation of the volcanic activity would require the Airport being closed; which would be a huge problem for flower exporters and importers. Flower farms located around the same area are also likely to be affected by the Cotopaxi volcanic eruption.
Cotopaxi is considered one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes and is prone to fast-moving rock and mud flows. Small eruptions have already shot ash more than 5km (three miles) into the sky, spreading fine grey powder over as far as the capital 50km (30 miles) to the north. The mountain last had a major eruption in 1877.