The number of people that rely on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for cooking could dwindle further below its low level as a result of increasing supply shortfalls of the commodity.
Currently, most of the LPG filling stations across the country are experiencing a supply shortage of the commodity, which could pin more than 4.4 million families to the use of wood-based fuel for cooking.
Latest data compiled by the Ghana Statistical Service for the first time to ascertain the source of cooking fuels among Ghanaians indicate that as of the end of 2010, only about 18.2 percent of households in the country relied on gas for cooking, with the majority turning to wood (40 percent) and charcoal (33.7 percent).
According to the Statistical Service, among the 5.5 million families in the country a greater proportion use wood as their main cooking fuel in all except the two most populous regions -- Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions -- where charcoal is the main source of cooking for most people.
Government has over the years promoted the substitution of charcoal for LPG, distributing gas cylinders free of charge and also subsidising gas prices.