Traders At Kasoa Market Worried Over Tomatoes Price Hike, Two Tomatoes Now Cost GH¢5 In Ghana

Traders At Kasoa Market Worried Over Tomatoes Price Hike, Two Tomatoes Now Cost GH¢5 In Ghana
THE SCORES of traders, predominantly 
women in Kasoa Market in the Central Region have expressed dissatisfaction with the persistently fluctuating prices of tomatoes when purchased wholesale.

They complained bitterly that two stick of tomatoes now cost GH¢5 in an already ‘stressful’ country.
They argued that the instability in wholesale prices is adversely affecting their businesses, resulting in losses rather than profits and a decline in customer patronage.
They lamented that price of tomatoes has more than doubled in recent weeks, making it difficult for traders to buy.
The market women are blaming the situation on the shortage of tomatoes in the country, which they attributed to the recent flooding of farmlands in the Central Region.
"We are finding it difficult to buy tomatoes from our suppliers," said Ama Adjei, a tomato seller at Kasoa  . "
The few suppliers who have tomatoes are selling them at very high prices, making it difficult for us to make a profit."
The market women are calling on the government to intervene and address the situation
"We need the government to help us address this issue," said Adjei. "We are struggling to make ends meet."
The situation has also affected consumers, who are feeling the pinch of the high prices.
Speaking in an interview with Soireenews. com,  Madam Akua Asare called on the government to pay attention to the agriculture sector, emphasising the need for easier transportation of these locally produced tomatoes to motivate farmers.
Another seller,  Nadam Getrude Osei  expressed the difficulty of living in Ghana due to the unaffordability of tomatoes, peppers, and onions.
She lamented, “We might as well move to Burkina Faso because staying in Ghana has become challenging,” attributing it to the current hardships in the country.
“People used to buy tomatoes regularly, but now it’s become infrequent, resulting in profit loss and dwindling customer numbers.”