Some traders selling Caterpillars in Mporokoso district have bemoaned the high influx of suspected Congolese nationals, who have invaded the area, in search of caterpillars.
The irate traders, who stormed ZANIS Offices, appealed to government authorities to do something about the foreigners who are illegally carrying out business activities in the area.
Speaking on behalf of the traders, Amos Musongole claimed that the Congolese nationals were offering villagers more money for the bags of caterpillars thereby disadvantaging the local traders who have limited capital.
He added that as a result of this, all the caterpillars being harvested in Mporokoso District were being smuggled to Congo leaving nothing for the local people.
Another caterpillar trader, Mary Mwansa accused the suspected Congolese nationals of engaging in the caterpillar business without valid legal documents.
She has since appealed to the local authority to help put an end to this, adding that foreign traders are taking away their source of livelihood.
Efforts to get a comment from the local authority proved futile by press time.
Currently, collection of caterpillars is thriving in Chalabesa and Njalamimba villages in Mporokoso district.