Business News of Friday, 4 December 2015
Source: Esoko Ghana
Price of imported rice has increased by 10%. Currently, a 5kg bag of rice is being sold for GHc28.
As at the last week of November, the price of the same quantity of (imported-uncle sam) rice was sold at GHc25.
The increase places rice as the highest gainer in commodities in the country at the beginning of December 2015. According to Esoko Ghana, the increase is expected because of the yuletide.
Francis Danso Adjei, Content Manager at Esoko Ghana noted that “in the case of rice, the price is determined by the volumes that go into the market. The increase means that the quantity going to the market is quite low and that people have started buying rice, so demand outweighs the supply in the market.”
The increase in the prices of rice was followed by Maize which made a 2 percent gain to close the week at GHc 4.00 per olunka.
Yam (Pona) also followed with a percentage gain to close the week at GHc 3.60 Soya bean dropped by 7 percent to close the week at GHc 5.90 per olunka.
However, according to Esoko Ghana, the firm monitoring the markets, cassava (fresh tubers) and groundnut dropped by 2 percent each to close the week at GHc 4.50 and 12 .70 per “3-4 tubers” and “olunka” respectively. The other commodity prices remained the same.
On the various markets, the price for an “olunka” of maize gained by 20 percent in Bawku to close the week at GHc 3.00, it also gained a percentage point in Techiman to close the week at GHc 3.00 and dropped by 2 percent in Kumasi to close the week at GHc 5.00.
In Tamale it gained a percentage point to close the week at GHc 4.00, whiles in the other markets the price remained the same. A “medium size tomato tin” full of fresh tomatoes lost 13 percent in Accra to close the week at GHc 18.00 with Techiman losing 13 percent to close at GHc 10.10 and also Dambai dropping 19 percent to close at GHc 7.20.
The commodity however, made some gains in Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi. In Kumasi, it gained 5 percent to close at GHC 9.50 and in Tamale by 22 percent to close the week at GHC 6.60. Takoradi
Takoradi had 20 percent to close the week at GHC 21.60. In the other markets, prices remained the same.
Meanwhile, Esoko Ghana wished farmers and fishermen in the country “Ayekoo” for “feeding the nation.”
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