Foodstuffs prices at some major markets in Accra are expected to stabilise by end of January as customers are still recovering from expenditures incurred during the Christmas.
A weekly market survey conducted by the Ghana News Agency at some markets revealed that prices of most staple food such as yam, cassava, plantain, onions, tomatoes, corn and cassava dough, maize, beans, rice, gari, among others are experiencing price instability.
At the Kantamanto Market GNA observed that, three tubers of yam which used to be sold at GHC10.00 is now GHC20. 00; a bunch of plantain which used to be sold at GHC18.00 now goes for GHC25.00.
The prices of beans has dropped from GHC180.00 per bag to GHC170.00, groundnut paste prices has also decreasedds marginally from GHC7.00 per tin to GHC6.50.
At the CMB market Madam Akua Afriyie a plantain seller told the GNA, that plantain is currently cheaper because it is in season however prices varies. A bunch of plantain which was sold between GHC12.00 and GHC15.00 is now sold for GHC5.00.
Three medium size tubers of ‘Puna’ yam is sold at GHC12.00 and four medium size tubers of ‘Araba’ yam is sold at GHC10.00; while a paint bucket corn dough is sold at GHC15.00 instead of GHc20.
Maa Yaa Kodjo a Garden Eggs seller stated; “I have been in this business for four years but the market trend has changed, a sack of garden eggs which was sold at GHC40.00 is now GHC60.00, but these prices will fall soon when in season”.
At the Agbogbloshi market, Madam Deide Mensah known as ‘one dollar’ and Madam Janet Ofori, tomatoes traders told the GNA that the price of the tomatoes have dropped from GHC450.00 to GHC400.00 a box.
A sack of onion goes for GHC400.00 and seven pieces being sold for GHC5.00; 100 tubers of yam (pona) goes for GHC550.00, a big size tuber at GHC6.00 and three tubers (small sizes) went for GHC10.00.
A sack of cassava is sold between GHC40.00 and GHC100.00, depending on the sizes, with four pieces (big sizes) and four tubers (small sizes) sold at GHC5.00 and GHC2.00 respectively.
A bunch of ‘apem’ and ‘apentu” were priced at GHC10.00 each; cereals and grains such as beans, maize, millet, rice and sorghum had also witnessed some fluctuations in their prices in recent days, according Mrs. Fusena Alhassan, Mrs. Beauty Barusu and Madam Christiana Ofosu.
A sack of beans was sold between GHC700.00 and GHC750.00 while an ‘olonka’ went for GHC3.00, a sack of sorghum and millet is between GHC350.00 and GHC400.00. An ‘olonka’ of sorghum and millet was pegged at GHC8.00.
An ‘olonka’ of maize (yellow corn) was sold at GHC6.00 and GHC5.00 for the ‘aburo Ghana’; a sack sold between GHC230.00 and GHC250.00; A 5kg bag of perfumed rice was pegged at GHC25.00 for the low in quality which the high quality sold between Ghc35 to GHc56.00.
A sack of Gari went for GHC300.00; and ‘olonka’ for GHC5.00 whilst Groundnut went for GHC500.00 for the small sack and GHC800.00 for the big sack with the groundnut paste sold for GHC40.00 per ‘olonka’ and a small paint rubber of corn dough went for GHC10.00.
At the Adabraka Market GNA observed that a sack of onion which was sold at GHC700.00 now goes for GHC550.00; Olonka of beans was pegged at GHC10.00; a bucket of Tomatoes at GHC20.00; a sack of Cassava was sold between GHC100.00 and GHC120.00 whilst three or four tubers is sold between GHC2.00 and GHC5.00.
At the Madina Market, Madam Akosua Nyamekye a trader told the GNA that prices have been unstable after the Christmas festivities.
Other markets visited includes; the Tudu, Tema Station, Dansoman, Odorkor, Achimota, Nungua, Tuesday Market, Kaneshie, Kantamanto, Makola, and CMB.