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Burkina Faso coup bites hard in Ghana; prices of tomatoes to increase in the coming days

In a globalized world where every nation is dependent one way or the other on another country, the negative impact of political instability in a particular country on others cannot be overemphasized. It is in this light that the coup in Burkina Faso is likely to take a toe on Ghanaians given the trans-border trade that exists between the two West African countries.

According to John Dumelo, the renowned actor cum politician, prices of tomatoes are likely to shoot up in the coming days as a result of the coup in Burkina Faso. In a Facebook post monitored by Shaker1, the 2020 parliamentary candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress for the Ayawaso West Wougon Constituency, who is also into farming disclosed that the borders of Burkina Faso have been shut, hence market women who travel there to buy tomatoes cannot go there any longer. As a result of this, traders may result to an unapproved route to Burkina Faso which will surely lead to a price hike of tomatoes in the coming days.

Ghana imports 100,000 tons of tomatoes annually from Burkina Faso. The importers, the majority of whom are women, travel to farm gates in Burkina Faso to buy and bring the tomatoes to the various markets across the country.

But a coup was launched on January 23 in the West African country. The mutinous soldiers were reported to have seized control of the military base in the capital, Ouagadougou. On 24 January, the military announced on national television that President Roch Marc Christian Kabore had been disposed from office. With this development, the trading activities of women who are into the importation of tomatoes from Burkina Faso have been hugely affected. All other things being equal, the prices of tomatoes are likely to shoot up.

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