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There is no shortage of maize but hike in prices-Traders

Written by  May 15, 2018
A market survey conducted by Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm has revealed that there is no shortage of maize but rather hike in maize prices. Our reporters visited some major markets in the capital to assess the situation. Reporting from the Kaneshie Market, Casablanca Nyamiwaa said, the prices of maize has shot up but there is no shortage as reported by the Poultry Farmers. According to her, some traders who she spoke to disputed the shortage but complained of the attack on farms by fall army worms. Madam Lydia Fowaa Quaye, the queen mother for the market said, ‘’the prices for maize has shot up. We are currently buying a bag at a price between GHc180-GHc190 from source. There is no shortage but the fall army worms that attacked some farms, destroyed the maize. The price is not stable.’’ From the Agbogbloshie Market, Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi confirmed that, although there was maize available for purchase, the price has increased. The traders he noted are saying the farmers have increased the bag of maize from source with a bag selling at GHc200. The traders he added have to travel to Tumu before they are able to get maize to buy and as the time of reporting, a trader who had spent more than three weeks in search of maize was offloading. The trader speaking to him said, due to the fall army worms, maize farms were destroyed. There is no shortage as reported but there is hike in prices. The situation was not different at the Dome Market and Daniel Asuku reported that, there was maize available for purchase but selling more than before. Queen mother for maize sellers at the market who refused to mention her name complained about the increase in prices at source. She said, the prices at source are exorbitant and as traders, we cannot afford to buy with the little we have. At the Mallata Market Simon Goza reported the same scenario from all the other markets. The prices at source he said have shot up from GHc170 to GHc230 and retail prices were between GHc240-GHc250. The ‘olonka’ is also selling between GHc5-GHc6. ‘’There is no shortage as reported but it is the prices that have shot up. This is something that occurs every three years,’’ a trader posited. Deputy Minister of agric, George Oduro alluded to the same position by the traders. He was however, lambasted by the Poultry Farmers.
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