PAKPATTAN, Pakistan - Until recently, Ghulam Mustafa made a living growing sugarcane, rice, barley and wheat on his 10-acre farm in Punjab province.
But these days he is struggling. The water available in wells in the area is dwindling, and the cost of pumping it to his crops is rising. Like many other farmers in the area, Mustafa, 51, now plans to cultivate only half his land and leave the rest for his livestock.
A beef slaughtering plant in Buffalo Lake has been forced to close because its water contained high levels of arsenic, and the plant owner couldn't afford to fix the problem.
More than 200 workers at North Star Beef Inc. lost their jobs when the plant closed last week.
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