Pure water manufacturing companies will shut down their operations in the upper West Region due to the differences in prices of a bag of sachet water by companies in the region, the regional Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers (NASPAWAP) has stated.
The Association some time last year increased the cost of one sachet water to GHC 3.50 across in the region.
Justifying the latest decision, the deputy regional chairman of the Association, Alhaji Abubakari Suleman, known in business class as Abu Upper West has hinted that after the increment last year from GHC3 to GHC3.50 some members of the association has decided to be selling at GHC2.50 and some selling at GHC3 by so doing making some companies losing customers because of the reduction by some of the companies.
The increased in the bag of sachet water from GHC3 to GHC3.50p, the association says became necessary because several pure water manufacturing companies were at the verge of collapsing due to increasing cost of production.
This has been disclosed during a meeting held today at the premises of Zam Zam natural mineral drinking water in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region.
“We can’t bear the high cost of production anymore, almost everything has been increased in the country, and the things we use in producing our water has skyrocketed “If we don’t increase as we’ve done, we will go down” Issah Mohammed from royal natural mineral drinking water has added.
The association will not just ask members to shut down but will send a task force to visit every company and lock it with the association padlock.
The exercise is expected to start on 10th February, 2019 on Sunday at 5am and end on the 15th February, 2019 on Thursday at 6pm.
According to Mr. Abubakari, all producers are expected to follow the directive from the association and anyone who will not follow as stated will be asked to disassociate yourself from the association.
Members of the Association are about 60 in the Upper West Region.
But the decision of the association has raised a lot of concern from the general public. They are pleading with the association to reconsider their decision because the actions and inactions of members of the association should not affect consumers of the product.
‘’We did not reject the increment of the product, it is your members who are violating your own rules and so must not affect we the consumers of water’’.
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