X’mas insight, No Money in People’s Pockets

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Story by: Vivian Salasie Agbeko, Tema.

THE City of Tema is once again gripped with anxiety and some reservations as to how to celebrate the X’mas holiday which is around the corner with its high prices of goods in the metropolis.

The central shops are literally clouded with goods and people.  Everybody is doing window shopping, finding out prices of commodities and how affordable they are.

With the holidays in sight one may wonder how best and enjoyable the days will be since one goes to town and comes home empty-handed, because they can’t buy anything of their choice.

The few people who really have the money and happily do celebrate X’mas are seriously preparing for the occasion, but one thing that comes to mind is the resources which actually holds ones movement from one place to the another.

Business Journal is survey on shops, markets, and activities planned for the X’mas holidays is quite interesting.

When Business Journal contacted some shop owners in Tema and Accra, the general impression was that people are not buying enough though they come in to ask for the prices.

A shopkeeper said “although I have everything that will make one’s home presentable during the X’mas yet still, I sit in this shop from 8a.m to 8p.m without selling up to hundred Ghana cedis worth of goods, “She lamented.  When asked why, she was bold to come out with her opinion and said “majority of the people don’t have more than GH¢200 to spend on goods only for X’mas due to low salaries of workers and therefore are cautious on their little money due to the long X’mas break.

She said most of the imported goods attract high duty, making the goods quite expensive for average Ghanaian.

Drinks serve as major commodity whenever the X’mas draws near.  It is used to serve friends and relatives who visit during the holidays.

Most of the people our reporters talked to at the drinking bars were not happy about the way prices on drinks have gone up.  What Business Journal notices was that due to price increases on drinks, like beer, bubra, Guinness, coke, Fanta, etc., consumption has decreased drastically allowing people shift to the local drinks “akpeteshie and other bitters”

unlike the previous  year’s when artificial shortages were created, just for the sake o f X’mas which sometimes resulting to price increases, this year the drinks are abundantly on the market, indicates that foodstuffs are in abundance but prices are too high and by 24th December upwards prices will be extra ordinary due to the break of farming activities. (See our Market & Shoppers Guide Chart for prices of goods).  Exorbitant prices of food and other commodities may deny many Ghanaians their favourite Christmas delicacies, rice and chicken.  Therefore, with X’mas fever in Tema and Accra, most people would prefer celebrating this year’s x’mas in the quiet or travel to their villages, due to high prices of foodstuffs and other commodities in the city.

 

FOOD & DRINKS PRICE INDEX

Compiled by: Janet Debra, Tema

GRAINS UNITS WHOLESALE RETAIL UNIT
USA Long Grain 100kg GH¢  175.00 GH¢  35.00 1kg
Chicago Rice 100kg GH¢  185.00 GH¢  35.00 1kg
Local Rice 50kg GH¢  160.00 GH¢  32.00 1kg
Maize 100kg GH¢  100.00 GH¢  15.00 1kg
Millet 100kg GH¢  120.00 GH¢  20.00 1kg
Sorghum 100kg GH¢  85.00 GH¢  8.00 1kg
TUBERS UNITS WHOLESALE RETAIL UNIT
Cassava 1 sack GH¢  100.00 GH¢  20.00 10 tubers
Yam 100 tubers GH¢  700.00 GH¢  7.00 1 tuber
Plantain (Apem) Av. Bunch GH¢  50.00 GH¢  5.00 10 pieces
Plantain(apentum) Av. Bunch GH¢  20.00 GH¢  5.00 5 pieces
Cocoyam Av. Basket GH¢  30.00 GH¢  10.00 10 pieces
SOFT DRINKS UNIT WHOLWSALE RETAIL UNIT
Fanta 1 crate GH¢  28.00 GH¢  1.50p 1 bottle
Coca cola 1 crate GH¢  25.00 GH¢  1.50p 1 bottle
Malta Guinness 1 crate GH¢  80.00 GH¢  3.50p 1 bottle
Vital Malt 1 crate GH¢  80.00 GH¢  3.50p 1 bottle
ANIMAL UNIT WHOLESALE RETAIL UNIT
Cow Av. size GH¢  3,500.00 GH¢  15.00 1 pound
Goat Av. size GH¢  300.00 GH¢ 10.00 1 pound
Pig Av. size GH¢  500.00 GH¢  15.00 1 pound
Fowl Av. size GH¢  40.00 GH¢  60.00 1 pound
COOKING OIL PRICE BOTTLE PRICE
Frytol (small gallon) GH¢  60.00 1 Littre GH¢  20.00
Soya bean (small gallon) GH¢  50.00 1 Littre GH¢  20.00
BOTTLE
Palm oil (small gallon) GH¢25.00 1 bottle GH¢5.00
Coconut oil (small gallon) GH¢20.00 1 bottle GH¢5.00

 

WHERE TO DO YOUR SHOPPING

TEMA

EVERGREEN SUPERMARKET, near Nahbita hospital, comm. 4, Tema

EVERGREEN SUPERMARKET, casino, comm.1, Tema

U-SAVE SUPERMARKET, casino, comm.1, Tema

MAAME NYAMEKYE SUPERMARKET, COMM.1, Tema

White chapel, casino, comm.1, Tema

TALIS MINI EMPIRE. Comm.11, Post Office, dealers in ladies and gents wear

 

ACCRA

KOALA SUPERMARKET, Osu.

U-SAVE SUPERMARKET, 37

KWATSONS IMPEX, Osu.

TOP IN TWON, Osu.

MELCOM, Rawlings Park.

LAVA SUPERMARKET, Rawlings Park.

CASH DOWN, Adabraka.

MAXIMART, 37

 

KUMASI

TOP TOWN, Adum

AKYAA SUPERMARKET, Krofrom

A LIFE SUPERMARKET, Adum

CLASSIC SUPERMARKET, Bantama