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Market prices of foodstuff go up in Koforidua

Prices of some basic foodstuffs have increased at some of the markets in the Koforidua Municipality in the Eastern Region.

A market survey conducted by the Ghana News Agency showed that a bunch of plantains, which sold at ¢20.00, in January, this year, is now going for over ¢30.00 at the Agatha Market.

At the same time, a sack of cassava sells between ¢100.00 and ¢120.00, about a 100 percent rise in January’s price of ¢60.00.

The story was not any different at the Koforidua Central Market. Here a big basket of tomatoes has been selling at ¢200.00 and the small measuring bucket (Olonka) at ¢40.00.

The big basket of tomatoes sold at about ¢60.00, while the small container or Olonka cost ¢20.00, just about three months ago.

Garden eggs have however seen a slight reduction in price from ¢150.00 to ¢140.00 with the ripe ones priced at ¢130.00 a sack.

Maize is being sold at GH¢300.00 a bag and the small bucket or the Olonka, costing between ¢7.00 to ¢7.50. In January consumers were buying a bag of maize at ¢200.00.

At the Juaben Serwaa Market, the price of Okro is also down, with a sack of the warm season vegetable selling at ¢500.00 and the small bucket (Olonka) ¢50.00. In January it sold at between ¢650.00 and ¢700.00, a sack.

Madam Akua Amponsah, a 54-year-old cassava and plantain seller at the Agatha market in the New Juaben South Municipality, told the GNA that, the prices of foodstuff often increased during the dry season and when fuel prices shot up.

The destruction of tubers on yams on the farms by heavy rains, resulting in a significant reduction in the supply, was the other factor fueling the price increase of the tubers.

Madam Comfort Osei, 45, who trades in garden eggs and tomatoes at the Koforidua Central Market, said the closing of the borders could be the cause of the price hike because some of these vegetables had been coming in from Burkina Faso.

A trader in Okro at the Juaben Serwaa Market said the prices of okro usually would go down during the raining season.