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Foodstuff prices escalate at Mallam, Kaneshie, Odawna markets

 Traders and consumers at the Kaneshie, Odwana and Mallam Atta markets in the Accra Metropolitan Districts have decried the increase in prices of food commodities amid the current economic situation of the country.

They shared their concerns about the escalation of prices of commodities to the Ghanaian Times during asurvey at the afore­mentioned markets in Accra.

At the Kaneshie market, 30 pieces of tomatoes which used to be sold for GH¢20 was now sold at the same amount for six pieces, while a basket of tomatoes which was sold for GH¢50 and GH¢60 has gone up significantly, trading at GH¢600 and GH¢700.

Also, a cup of beans which was sold at GH¢6 now goes up GH¢8, while a kilogramme of rice which was sold for GH¢12 now pegged at GH¢20,

The Ghanaian Times further ob­served that a sizeable onion which was sold at 50p and GH¢1, was now selling from GH¢2 and above, while a tuber of yam which was sold at GH¢8 and GH¢7 now sells at GH¢14, GH¢15, and GH¢20, depending on its type and size.

At the Mallam Atta Market, four pieces of Okro which was sold at GH¢1 two months ago, now sells at GH¢2 for three pieces, while turkey berries which was sold at GH¢2 now sells at GH¢4 and GH¢5.

A sack of cassava was initially sold at GH¢150 and GH¢200 now sells at GH¢250 and GH¢350 depending on the size. However 15 pieces of cassava which was sold at GH¢20 two months ago now sells at the same amount for six pieces.

Mrs Olivia Antwi, a customer at the market, told the Ghanaian Times that the soaring cost of food commodities had made it difficult to manage herhousehold expenses.

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to manage our household expenses with these relentless price increases,” she lamented.

According to her, she found it difficult to provide food for the family as her “housekeeping mon­ey” of GH¢100 could not match the increasing price of food commodities on the market.

“I’ve tried to cut corners wher­ever I can, buying cheaper cuts of meat, opting for store-brand products, but there’s only so much I can do,” she added.

Mrs Abena Adobea, a fried yam seller at the Odwana market, blamed the surge of the price of yam on the transportation cost from the urban centres.

“My husband’s income hasn’t increased, but our expenses keep rising. It feels like we’re constantly playing catch-up, trying to stretch every cedi to cover basic necessi­ties”, she said.

 BY AGNES OWUSU

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