Some Ghanaians have spoken against the expected increase in the price of sachet water from today November 12, 2018.
According to them, the increase the price of a bag of sachet water will only add on to the already high cost of living in the country.
Last week, The National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers (NASPAWAP) announced that prices of sachet water will go up effective today.
Clarifying the reason for the increase, the association said the decision is due to the increase in the cost of production.
A bag of sachet water popular called pure water is therefore now expected to be purchased by all the trucks and depots at GHC 3.50 pesewas.
The figure is a jump from the GHC2.50 pesewas and sometimes GHC 3 that wholesalers have been purchasing in the past.
A retailer at the Adabraka Market in Accra told Citi Business News she expects to buy a bag of sachet water from 4 cedis since she was previously buying it for GHS3.5
“The new prices are a bit high, but someone like me who currently buys the bag for GHC 3.50 from my supplier at the moment and also buys ice I expect to get the bag for GHC 4”.
“So I can’t go and get a bag for GHC 4 and sell one sachet for GHC 0.20 pesewas. It is very frustrating that they have increased the prices which will force us to also increase our price. It is very frustrating because buying a sachet of water for GHC 0.30 pesewas is a bit difficult, but if they increase it then we will also increase ours because we buy ice to cool the water,” she said.
Another retailer, Abdul Malik told Citi Business News, shop owners have no option than to increase the cost of sachet water to pass it on to consumers.