Gold millers in Mberengwa have bemoaned load shedding, saying it is negatively affecting gold production in the district.

Gold has remained the largest foreign currency earner with government taking steps to ensure the sector functions effectively for the recovery of the economy.

Gold millers in Mberengwa said the current load shedding will likely have a negative bearing on gold production as more hours are lost without power.

Millers said the government should exempt its cash cow from load shedding as it will result in the sector failing to attain its yearly target and ultimately result in job cuts.

The millers said customers are failing to pay for the rates of using generators, resulting in them spending more time waiting for power.

The miners are already protesting the 55:45 percent foreign currency retention.