A study conducted by the Daily Graphic indicates that the recent hot weather condition being experienced has had a toll on cassava production in terms of its quantity and quality.
According to the study, the shortage has forced some breweries to use cassava as raw material for the production of beer and therefore compete with individuals, restaurants and chop bar operators for the limited quantity brought to the market for sale.
The switch from the rainy season to the dry season usually affects the quality of cassava as the crop is unable to withstand the hot humidity which do not only cause scarcity of the staple delicacy in some markets but also the hiking of its prices which has doubled or tripled over the last three months.
This is mainly the reason why the sizes of balls of fufu which uses cassava as the main ingredient for preparation is shrinking in various homes, restaurants and chop bars for exorbitant prices.
A pile of cassava that sold for between GH¢2 and GH¢3 three months ago at the Agbogbloshie, Kaneshie and Mallam Atta markets now sells at GH¢5, while others that sold for GH¢5 and GH¢10 are now going for GH¢10 and GH¢20 respectively.
A medium sack of cassava, popularly known as “Accra weight,” which used to sell for between GH¢50 and GH¢80 is now sold between GH¢120 and GH¢180 whilst the big sack, which in the past cost between GH¢150 and GH¢200 is now sold between GH¢ 280 and GH¢550.
With the onset of the high price for cassava from which one can get ‘kokonte’, ‘agbeli kaaklo’ and ‘gari’, the crop is slowly shedding its image as a “poor man’s crop.”