Kabompo District Commissioner Dennis Kanyakula has called on the Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) to encourage its members to invest in rural areas where their services are required most.
Mr Kanyakula observed that most millers are based in the line of rail and leaving out rural areas where people are being exploited when purchasing essential commodities such as mealie-meal.
Mr Kanyakula said hammer mill owners should be sensitised to open up branches in rural areas instead of concentrating on urban areas alone.
The District Commissioner was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kabompo today.
He said once millers set up branches in Kabompo and other rural areas, the price of mealie meal would greatly reduce.
The DC said there are unscrupulous traders in the district who were selling a 25 kg at a higher price disregarding the presidential directive for millers to sell the commodity at a reduced price.
Efforts to get a comment from the Millers Association Zambia failed at press time.