Food price variability: Western North tops as the most expensive region

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Food price variability Western North tops as the most expensive region

The latest report released by the (GSS) has shed light on significant regional variations in food prices across the country. According to the report, the region emerged as the most expensive among the ten selected food items analyzed.

The study, which focused on staple food items such as bread, beans, yam, noodles, cooking oil, tomato paste, milk, beef, iodated salt, and imported rice, unveiled notable disparities in food prices among different regions.

Mr. Simon Tichutab Onilimor, a Data Scientist at GSS, highlighted key findings during the report's launch in . He revealed that unprocessed local food items experienced higher percentage changes in prices compared to processed local foods over the period under review. Fresh tomatoes, yam, and garden eggs, for instance, saw significant price fluctuations.

The data, collected from 16 regions and standardized to kilogram or litre measurements, showcased intriguing trends. For instance, the region recorded the highest median price per kilogram of beef at GHS 80.00, significantly surpassing prices in other regions like the and Northern.

In terms of specific food items, the region also boasted the highest median price of bread, while the region led in the median price of cooking oil. Interestingly, the Greater Region stood out with the highest median price of imported rice, reflecting a 27% difference from the national average.

The report underscored the implications for consumer decision-making, emphasizing the importance of understanding regional price variations when making purchasing choices. Dr. Faustina Frempong-Ainguah, Deputy Government Statistician, emphasized the significance of the report in informing policymaking and proper planning at the regional level.

This comprehensive analysis of food price variability across regions provides valuable insights for policymakers, consumers, and stakeholders in the agricultural and economic sectors. By addressing regional disparities and understanding consumer preferences, Ghana can better navigate challenges in and economic development.

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