Clementina Ative, The National President of the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP), has answered the question on the mind of many as to why the sudden hike in the price of sachet water. She also provided reasons the association increased the price of a bag of sachet water from ₦100 to ₦200.
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Clementina, made this disclosure while speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, November 2, she stated that the association increased the price of one bag of water from ₦100 to ₦200 to enable ATWAP members to produce and give quality water to Nigerians instead of looking for ways of cutting quality to save profit, thereby resulting in quackery and substandard water.
In her words,
“We started sales of sachet water in 1998. Then fuel price was N11.00 per litre of fuel. Pure water nylon was N170,000 per tonne. The packing bag was N700.00 per bundle. We were selling a bag of pure water, which contains 20 sachets, and the retailers were selling N50.00 per bag to the retailers and a sachet for N5.00 per sachet to the general public.
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Between 1998 to 2012, prices of all components of our production rose to point that nylon went to N600,000 per ton, packing bags rose to N3.500 per bundle, fuel rose to N97.00 per litre and so do all components of our production from treatment medians to cleaning materials – she continued
We had no choice but to increase our price to N100.00 per bag to the retailers. And a sachet was being sold for N10.00 to the general public.
Since 2012, the prices of all components of our production have gone to an unbearable point that we can no longer bear it. Nylon has gone to N1,550,000 per ton; packing bag has gone to N7.000 per bundle.Diesel is now N320 per litre and all of us depend mostly on generators.
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