Lemons seller in the Ghana’s Wa market say the reason for the sharp increase in demand is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has to do with the immune system.
One trader said: “Lemon is not produced here, it's produced down south. We go there to buy and transport it to Wa to sell, but at the end of the day, the thing will stay there and dry up due to little or no patronage and we run at a loss.”
This meant it came to a point they stopped buying it due to the lack of market for the fruit, noting however, that since the news broke about the presence of COVID-19 in the country, people started asking for it, thereby compelling the sellers to start buying it again from source.
On the price increase, the lemon seller said they used to buy the lemons at GHC35.00 per bucket, but since the demand had increased, the producers also increased the price to GHC70.00 per bucket.
“Because of this, we also sell two big sizes for GHC2.00 and three for GHC2.00 for the smaller ones, whilst five big ones and six smaller ones go for GHC5.00,” she said and stressed that, despite the price increase, the demand was still higher than the supply.
[ GHC1 = €0,16 ]