Cape Coast, Oct 1, GNA – A market survey
conducted in the Cape Coast Metropolis by the GNA has shown a significant rise
in the prices of vegetables and other fresh foods, especially tomatoes and
onion compared to the same period last month.
Among the vegetables in the market, tomatoes
have the highest price.
A box of tomatoes which sold at GH¢450.00,
about a month ago is now going for GH¢ 600.00, while a small paint container of
tomatoes has gone up from GH¢25.00 to GH¢ 35.00.
Additionally, a mini bag of onion has risen
from GH¢300.00 to GH¢350.00 while a tin tomato container sold at GH¢20.00 is
now going for GH¢25.00.
This, according to traders at the Kotokuraba
market was due to the unstable weather conditions and the cost of transportation.
They told the GNA in a random interview that,
the situation has led to a reduction in patronage as patrons preferred tin
tomatoes to the fresh tomatoes.
However, the prices of garden eggs, cereals
and grains were relatively stable.
Madam Efua Pokua, a trader at the Kotokuraba
Market, feared that their prices might also go up adding that “I will not be
surprise should prices of cereal and grains also increase”.
She said it was possible for the prices of
garden eggs, cereals and grains to go up as a result of high transport fares.
“Times are hard in this country, there has
been fuel price increase which has made the cost of transporting the goods from
the producers to the market very high,” she added
Meanwhile plantain, cocoyam and yam have seen
significant reduction in prices.
Four fingers of plantain which used to sell at
GH¢5.00 depending on the size, is now pegged at
GH¢3.00, while a tuber of yam has
reduced from GH¢10.00 to GH¢7.00 and the “olonka” of cocoyam is now selling at
GH¢7.00 instead of GH¢10.00 sold