By Emmanuel Okonkwo
Manufacturers of sachet water, popularly known as ‘pure water’ in Awka and its environs have blamed the recent hike in the price of the commodity on high cost of raw materials.
This was the reactions of some sachet water manufacturers when the ABS monitored the price of the commodity in Awka.
During the monitoring exercise, it was discovered that the price of a set of sachet water earlier sold for one thousand, three hundred naira, is now one thousand, five hundred naira. While retailers sell a bag of the commodity for two hundred naira, and a sachet, twenty naira.
It was also discovered that last weekend’s strike by the manufacturers, and the recent price of the commodity is as a result of increase in the prices of raw materials in the market.
According to the Anambra state President of Table Water Producers Association, Reverend Augustine Ofiaeli, prices of raw materials for the production of the commodity have skyrocketed, leaving the manufacturers with no other option than to increase the commodity’s price in order to cover their expenses.
Reverend Ofiaeli disclosed that hundred pieces of packing bag which was sold for two thousand, five hundred naira or three thousand naira, is now nine thousand naira, and half ton of foils sold for three hundred and fifty thousand naira, move to seven hundred thousand naira, and now sold at one point five million naira, and one point six million naira.
He however called on government to look into the materials’ prices, and promised that once something is done in that regard, they will reduce the price of the commodity.
Another Manufacturer, Miss Pearl Anyaelechi explained that apart from the hike in the prices of raw materials, they also have to make up for other expenses incurred in the maintenance of their production machines and supply vehicles.
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