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Cost of food in Ghana Prices of tubers soar, customers complain

Farmers have blamed this on current weather conditions and the time of the year. According to them, tubers are usually out of season at this time of the year

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The prices of root tubers top the food inflation charts for the third week in April, with Cassava seeing the biggest margins of increase.

Farmers have blamed this on current weather conditions and the time of the year. According to them, tubers are usually out of season at this time of the year, leading to relative scarcity on the market hence the escalation in prices.

Some consumers Pulse Business has been speaking to are concerned that their Ghanaian delicacy, Fufu, which is mainly prepared out of root tubers like yam, cassava and cocoyam is becoming more expensive to prepare.

According Esoko’s food price index, the price of cassava increased by 10 percent to close the week at 7 cedis 10 pesewas. This is the price of  three to four tubers.

Yam also saw an 8 percent increase in price to close the week at 6 cedis 10 pesewas per medium size tuber.

READ MORE: Food Prices in Ghana Tomatoes lead food price inflation for third week running

 According to figures released by Esoko Ghana, tomato which made the highest gain in price last week, recorded the third highest gain this week and it is selling at 7 cedis 60 pesewas per medium size tin. Meanwhile the prices of soyabean, groundnut, millet and maize dropped between 1 and 3 percent for the third week in April.

 According to Esoko, they are now selling at 6 cedis 40 pesewas; 13 cedis 70 pesewas and 5 cedis 40 pesewas respectively. On the various markets, a medium size tin of maize gained 2 percent in Kumasi to close the week at 5 cedis 50 pesewas.

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