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LAHORE: Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Sunday ploughed vegetables irrigated with untreated wastewater on 60 kanal land in Lahore.The PFA teams discarded different crops including radish, carrot, spinach, melon, beet and coriander during the crackdown in Shahdra Town.

The PFA director general said operation would continue against the vegetables being irrigated with contaminated and untreated wastewater throughout the province.

He said chemically treated vegetables were resulting in hepatitis and other diseases.

He said the authority was working on a joint action policy in collaboration with other departments for the elimination of the malpractice.

He said Water and Sanitation Agency assured the PFA of full cooperation and its inspectors would monitor the use of sewerage water in fields.

He said farmers can cultivate only alternative/non-edible crops like bamboos, flowers, and indoor plants in the red zone areas.

Published in Dawn, November 5th, 2018