Some businessmen in Kasama District of Northern Province have bemoaned the loss of business due to the increased load shedding.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Elliot Siame who runs a hammer mill in Location area said the awkward hours at which his area experiences power cuts has affected his business.
Mr Siame said usually power cuts are from morning to afternoon saying it is during the same hours when most customers require the services of a hammer mill.
He said because of lack of business he has been unable to pay rentals for the shop he is operating from a situation which has led to him contemplating closing down his business.
He said he relies solely on his business and has since appealed to the Zambia Electricity and Supply Cooperation (ZESCO) to consider rescheduling the hours of load-shedding.
Another business owner Mary Mukuka of Newtown area said for the past two weeks her business has plummeted.
Ms Mukuka said she runs a bottle store whose peak hours are between 17:00hours and 22:00 hours and has been adversely affected by the massive load-shedding.
She said the government through the Ministry of Energy should come up with a proper timetable that will be convenient to the majority of people.
ZESCO has increased load shedding countrywide due to low water levels at the Kariba dam.
Government is currently considering negotiating with neighbouring countries to import power in an effort to cushion the deficit.