Food prices have shot up in Kumasi following increases in transport fares and petroleum prices.
Whereas most commodities experienced price increases, others reduced in size and number.
The Finder’s investigation revealed that most commodity prices were slightly up due to the hike in transport fares.?Consumers could get three small tubers of yam for Ghc10 while a big tuber is still selling between GH¢5 and Ghc7, depending on the size. ?A bunch of plantain goes for between Ghc20 and Ghc32, depending on the size while a paint bucket of garden eggs is sold at Ghc6
A paint bucket of tomatoes costs Ghc9, with a paint bucket of fresh pepper selling at Ghc9 and Ghc16, depending on the variety. ?Some of the traders who spoke to The Finder said they have no option, but to increase the prices or reduce the quantity because the foodstuffs are not grown in the city; thus they need to travel to the villages to buy from farmers.
A tomato seller at the Kumasi Central Market, Nana Yaa Amoako said she does not feel comfortable selling tomatoes because of the way the buyers complain about the price.