Police in Kasama had a tough time to control the crowd scrambling for meal-mealie at Kasama milling TAZARA outlet yesterday.
And ZANIS news crew that rushed to the scene found long queuing as people struggled to buy the commodity.
The residents told ZANIS that the millers have caused an artificial shortage by packaging the commodity in 10 kilogrammes (kg) bags and not in 25 kg bags and are selling the small bags at KR25.
And a survey carried out in town revealed that all outlets had no 25 kg bags of mealie-meal.
At PTJ Supermarket only 10 kg bags of mealie-meal were found while at National Milling Company, management had put up a notice that there was no mealie-meal in the shop.
And when contacted for a comment, Northern Province Minister Col. Garry Chanda said the shortage was created by greedy millers who have taken advantage of the situation by creating an artificial shortage of 25 kg bags of mealie-meal.
He said Food Reserve Agency has enough stocks of white maize in the shed and in order to control the situation he directed that households to be buying two bags of 25 kg of white maize.
Kasama district has in the recent past recorded shortage of 25kg bag of meal mealie causing panic to consumers.