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Consumer Protection Agency approves 50% sachet water increment

The price of sachet water is expected to from Monday, March 15 be selling at GHC0.30 pesewas, up from 20 pesewas following an agreement reached by the producers.
 
The increment from GHC0.20 pesewas to GHC0.30 pesewas has been approved by the Consumer Protection Agency.
 
The Chief Executive of the Consumer Protection Agency, Mr Kofi Kapito, speaking in an interview with Kwaku Owusu Adjei (Pato) the host of Accra-based Original 91.9 FM’s political morning program dubbed ‘Adwenekasa’ on Thursday, March 11, 2021, said the Agency agree to the increment though it’s too much.
 
“Though the fifty per cent jump is too high, they have no option than to support it because it is long overdue,” he said.
 
Mr. Kapito explained that “when I argue the increment is too much; I might be wrong. This is because even the price of refrigerators have been increased and they [producers] are not ‘Father Christmas’. Though it is worrying, the hike in the price of production materials is the cause of their plight, hence the increment”.
 
He further tasked the National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers (NASPAWAP) to enhance the quality of production to meet consumer’s satisfaction.
 
“Since the price is increasing from 20 pesewas to 30 pesewas, producers must also make sure they increase in the quality of their production. There are times we get complaints from people that some sachet water they buy has a bad taste, so they should do the right thing to buttress their increment” he advised.
 
Chairman of Sachet Drinking Water Producers Association, Patrick Adu Gyamfi who took his turn on the Adwenekasa show also explained that, the review of the price of sachet water from GHC0.20 pesewas to 30 pesewas, effective March 15, 2021.
 
“Per the new prices, a bag of pure water is expected to sell at GHs3.5 from distribution trucks but the price will be pegged at GHs3 if the consumer is buying 200 bags and above. However, the public should expect to purchase a bag from GHs4.5 to GHs6 depending on one’s location”.
 
This means consumers of pure water should be prepared to be GHC0.30 pesewas for a sachet instead of GHC0.20 pesewas.
 
By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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