Prices Of Food Items Go Up … market survey reveals

Accra marketPrices of most food commodities had shot up, while others remained stable at the close of last week, a Ghana News Agency (GNA) survey conducted in some major markets in Accra shows.

The survey revealed in markets in Tamale and Accra, most commodity prices were up because of the hike in transport fares.

However, prices of most commodities in the Tamale Metropolis were unchanged, closing at the same level as the week before.

GNA monitors in the two main markets of Aboabo and Tamale Central said the price of three tubers of yam remained unchanged at GH¢14. However, consumers could get three small tubers at GH¢10, while a tuber still sold between GH¢5 and GH¢7, depending on the size.

On the other hand, price of a bowl of groundnuts saw a marginal increase, trading up from GH¢7.50 to GH¢8.50. But there was a slight reduction in the price of beans, which traded down at GH¢8 from GH¢8.50 at the close of the previous week.

In markets in Accra, the price trend was not different from Tamale. While prices of some commodities were stable, others have experienced marginal price appreciation.

GNA market watchers at the Mallam Atta market in Accra discovered that apart from the price of a bowl of maize, which was stable at GH¢ 4.50, same as the previous week, prices of all other commodities had changed.

Traders said the recent increase in transport fares accounted for the slight increases in the prices of most commodities.

For instance, the prices of a bowl of groundnuts and a sack of onions which traded for GH¢12 and GH¢ 320 respectively the week before went up last week, trading at GH¢14 and GH¢ 350. Similarly, a bowl of beans also saw a price increase from GH¢ 7 to GH¢9.

The cost of a bowl of soya beans increased to GH¢7 from GH¢5, while an ‘olonka’ of millet rose from GH¢4 to GH¢5. The GNA noticed that a tuber of yam which used to be GH¢5 traded at GH¢6.

The story was not different in the Anyaa market, where prices of onion, maize, gari, beans, millet, yam and dry pepper all saw increases on Friday. For example, a bowl of maize moved from GH¢ 4 to GH¢ 4.50.

A bowl of beans (Niger variety) which used to be sold at GH¢12 traded at GH¢13, while the (Burkina variety) which was GH¢ 6, rose to GH¢ 7. Similarly, a paint container of onion which sold at GH¢14.50 increased to GH¢16, while a paint container of dry pepper went up to GH¢15 compared to GH¢14 previously.

However, prices of tomatoes, garden eggs, yam, plantain and fresh pepper remained stable at the close of last week. A bunch of plantain remained between GH¢20 and GH¢ 32 depending on the size.

The price of a paint container of garden eggs and tomatoes remained at GH¢ 6 and GH¢9, resprectively. Similarly, a paint container of fresh pepper remained at GH¢9 and GH¢ 16, depending on the variety.

Commodity prices in La were also relatively stable, compared to the week before. Three fingers of plantain went for GH¢5 while the bunch was sold between GH¢18 and GH¢30, depending on the size.

Tomato was selling between GH¢12 and GH¢35 last week, depending on the size of the bucket measure, while onion was going between GH¢55 and GH¢60, depending on the size of bucket. —GNA

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