There has been a sharp increase in the price of meat in in local markets, chop bars and restaurants in Ghana in recent times, shooting the cost of locally prepared food up.
XYZ News has been finding out what could be the possible cause of the rise in the prices of both dressed and cooked meat in the country.
Some consumers who spoke to Myxyzonline.com at Osu and Accra Central confirmed the price of chevon and beef, pork and chicken had gone up.
One of them said the size of the meat he used to buy at GHS 7.00 few months ago has shrunk and now sold at GHS 10.00 at his usual eating joint at Osu.
Another lady met in one of the food joints at Osu also said she had been wondering what caused meat price to jump instantly.
“I am a woman and I go to the market so I know things are hard,” she added when she indicated she has come to realise she cannot do anything about it.
Cause of surge in meat price
When XYZ News’ Piesie Okrah got the shores of James Town– the centre of meat production in Accra– consumers were already lamenting the jump of prices of livestock.
The place usually referred to as ‘Bodey’ is where sellers buy livestock such as cattle, sheep and goat to sell at various markets such as Circle, Madina, Ashaiman and beyond.
Blaise Bé-Uuvor, the National Secretary of the Livestock Dealers Association of Ghana affirmed that they have had to adjust upwards the prices of their live and dressed animals.
“Recently the prices of live animals have gone up because of the CFA. We import these animals from Burkina and Niger but recently we have to get more cedis to get the amount of CFA we need to buy these live animals,” he lamented.
Obviously the depreciation of the Cedi against major currencies have had an impact on the prices of animals bought from Burkina Faso to Ghana with consumers bearing the brunt.
Mr Bé-Uuvor said last year GHS 35,000 could buy about 100 average sized goats but now he has to cough more than GHS 60,000 to get about 80-90 goats.
Selling live animals for the past 30 years, he is shocked at how fuel prices are going up at a faster rate, adding that the development is negatively affecting their trade.
He further appealed to the government to slash some taxes on the fuel price build up to give some respite to Ghanaians, especially importers.
“Now we spend so much on transportation so the governmemnt has to do something about it,” he added.
Last week, the Ghana Statistical Service on Wednesday announced that surging food prices pushed the rate of inflation in May 2022 to 27.6%,
This is against 23.6% recorded that was recorded in April 2022.