Ghanaian food sellers are crying over the low patronage of foodstuff since the lockdown was instituted and in the weeks after it was lifted.
In interviews with the press, some foodsellers complained that patronage of their produce has drastically reduced in the wake of the lockdown.
Even after the lockdown was lifted, things are still not back to normal and many people still stay home or go out only sparingly.
This has led to a situation where these sellers are not getting as much patronage as they used to.
Some of them spoke to Metro TV to complain about this.
However, some Ghanaians online are not having any sympathy for these sellers after they hiked up prices of foodstuffs in the days prior to the 3-week lockdown Ghana went through to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the lockdown 48 hours before it was to take effect and during that period, the price of almost every staple foodstuff went up astronomically as traders sought to take advantage of the mad rush of Ghanaians.
An ‘olonka’ of gari which usually sells for about Ghc 8 immediately jumped to around Ghc 20.
Numerous other foodstuffs such as tomatoes, plantain and others were all hiked up and Ghanaians were left with no choice than to buy to survive during the lockdown.
Now it seems the opposite has occurred with patronage going low rather than insanely high – so by the laws of demand and supply which made them increase their prices they should decrease them.
Actress Lydia Forson raised the issue on Twitter and it seems no one has much sympathy for the traders.
She wrote: “The irony. smh. Only a few weeks ago traders were over pricing foodstuff and rejoicing over peoples panic. I will continue to say that if we don’t work together we will suffer together, because every action has a ripple effect. Let’s all do better. #COVIDー19,” she wrote.
One person replied: “They’ve not seen anything…I almost bought 4 fingers (if that the right expression ) of okro for 2gh, imagine the amount I would have bought to prepare okro stew.”
Going through her replies, you are bound to see more people roasting the traders than having any sympathy for them.