Accra, June 21, GNA – Traders at the Makola Number One Market in Accra, have expressed their frustrations at daily persistent soaring up of prices of food items and other commodities.
Madam Ama Adubea, a cassava and plantain seller at the market, told GNA during a market survey on Friday that in December last year, a medium-sized basket of cassava was retailed at Ghc 100 but the price currently was Ghc110.
GNA also checked the prices for other commodities and found out that four tubers of big cassava cost Ghc 5 while four of smaller ones were sold for Ghc4.
Three big fingers of plantain cost Ghc5 while 7 fingers was sold at Ghc10 and the smaller ones was sold at Ghc 2 for five fingers Ghc 5 for eight fingers.
For cereals, a bag of 5kg perfumed rice was being sold between Ghc16 and Ghc 20, depending on the brand, a 10kg bag of rice was being sold for Ghc 40 while 20kg bag of rice, was being sold between GHc80 and Ghc110.
An olonka of gari cost between Ghc4.50 and Ghc 5 while margarine tin of the commodity cost Ghc1. A margarine tin of beans cost between Ghc 1.50 and Ghc 2 and an ‘olonka’ for Ghc 9.
Wheat is being sold at Ghc 2 for a margarine tin and GHc 12 for Olonka. Pepper is sold according to the preferred color and the red-colour type was being sold at Ghc 15 per bucket full, green type was for Ghc 12 per bucket full and the yellow pepper between Ghc 18 and Ghc 20 for the same quantity.
A box of tomatoes was being sold at Ghc450 and it was being retailed at between Ghc12 and Ghc 20, depending on the size of the bucket and four medium-sized tomatoes for Ghc 2.
Fish was also affected by the price hike as 4 small herrings was being sold at Ghc 2, a Salmon (fish) was being sold between Ghc 2 and Ghc 6, depending on the size.