ENUGU SACHET WATER PRODUCERS INCREASE PRICE TO N300 PER BAG
The Enugu State chapter of the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) says it will increase the price of a bag of sachet water to N300 as members begin shutdown of their operations for three days as a result of unbearable cost of production.
The state chairman of ATWAP, Tony Edike, in a joint statement with the Secretary, Clems Nwamadi, said among the decisions made at the association’s emergency meeting on February 8, 2024, was that all producers of table water, including those who produce sachet water and pet bottles, would cease operations starting from Monday, February 12 till Thursday, February 15, 2024.
According to the statement, the decision was to facilitate search for feasible resolution to numerous challenges facing the association.
“The current harsh economic situation in the country especially as it affects materials and other logistics for the production of table and sachet water in the state were critically reviewed,” the statement reads.
“After hours of deliberations on the overwhelming challenges being encountered by ATWAP members, especially the over 500 percent increase in the prices of raw materials and other factors of production, we as to came to this decision.
“The 500 percent increase in prices of raw materials, included : nylon, parking bags, purifying materials, procurement of water from boreholes located outside the city, diesel, high electricity tariff, haulage transportation and other maintenance staff cost.
“Also the upward review of various fees charged by both agencies of the state and local government areas within our areas of operations, was another strong reason.
ATWAP received field reports from different association zones indicating that a high number of producers had closed their factories as a result of high material costs and other production issues, which had raised the member death rate.
“With effect from February 16, 2024, a bag of sachet water (20 sachets) will be sold at #300 to enable the producers sustain their operations and rescue their businesses from total collapse,” the statement continues.
“Any defaulter or violator of this resolution unanimously endorsed by all members of ATWAP, Enugu state chapter will pay a fine of #200,000 per any truck caught by the ATWAP taskforce that had already been charged to enforce the exercise.
“Members are however advised to mobilize their staff within the period of factory shutdown to clean up their production equipments and keep their environment clean as the taskforce would soon embark on factory inspection to ensure members comply to the resolution and standard operating proceduresThe association however appealed for cooperation of dealers and consumers for understanding within this period to enable the members to remain in business