Water is a universal consumable. Require by every living human every day. It is the most important nutrient required in the ration and constitute up to 70% of the body. It is the medium of all metabolic activities in the body. For this reason, water is consumed heavily in every meal. Sachet water is the most common means of drinkable table water on the street in most Nigerian cities and villages.
To establish a production plant for sachet water or bottled water, the capital require is up to 8 million Naira. The first thing to do is to acquire a plot of land where to site the plant. A minimum of 6 rooms bungalows should be constructed on the site and a borehole such at strategic location.
The rooms are allocated as follows :
- General office and sales
- Production of room
- Finished product room
- Cloak room
- Laboratory/Materials room
Arrange with NAFDAC to register the plant and the product.
To ease the registration NAFDAC or their agent/consultants should be contacted to specify the plan of the factory. The NAFDAC consultants are unofficial agent that knows of the requirements and speculations of NAFDAC and they charge up to N 300,000 to obtain a NAFDAC approval for a plant through the official amount charged by NAFDAC is N 85,000.00. The agents are recognized by NAFDAC and make the site inspection and approval to go hitch free.
The license is renewable every year.
The production room is installed with the packer and sealer machine and the Ultraviolet light water purifier. The overhead tank is located outside on concrete or scaffold but should be accessible to fit the water inside. Stand by generator should be available to take care of power failure which is so common. A delivery Van is necessary to distribute the product to the market.
PROCESS – As observed at Medicx pure water Iyesi Ota.
1 Water is pumped from the borehole into the two overhead tanks of 5,000 lines each.
2 Sample of water is taken to the laboratory for analysis and necessary treatment carried out. Chlorine is added to required level.
3 The water passes through a series of filters outside the main building before entering the production room.
4 In the production room, the water pass through ultraviolet light water purify before going into the packer and sealer.
5 The automatic packer sealer fills the sachet and seals it immediately the finished packed product is removed manually into the finished product room for distribution.
1 Cost of Land- N500, 000 depending on the location.
2 Cost of Buildings- N3,000,000
3 1 Machines packer/sealer- N400,000 x 2
4 2 Overhead tanks – N100,000
5 Borehole- N1,000,000
6 Delivery Vehicle- N1,000,000
7 The Staff Strength is five
(a) Production Manager- N30,000/month
(b) Packer N12,000
(c) Cleaner N10,000
(d) Driver N25,000
(e) Motor boy N15,000
The capacity of a sealing machine is 40 sachet per minute.
This is equivalent to 2 packets per minute.
If the production is limited to 500 packets per day, initially and all produced is marketed, the total sales per day will be 500 x N120 for one packet is sold for N120 in Sango Ota to all parts of Lagos State.
But in Ibadan, Iwo road and Ojoo Sachet water still sells for N60 per packet and retail at N5 per sachet.
The daily gross in common Lagos area is not less than N60, 000.
If the daily expense is not more than N10, 000, then the net daily income will be N50, 000 daily.
This business is a lucrative one if properly monitored and returns on Investment is guaranteed.
The facts and figures were supplied by Mr. Kolawole Toriola, the chairman/managing director of Medicx pure water, Iyesi Ota Ogun State.
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