Starting a pure water production business in Nigeria is a fantastic investment you could ever think of making. However, it is no child’s play as it requires quite a considerable amount of money to start up.
When starting a pure water production business in Nigeria, it is essential to conduct a feasibility study of the location you want your sachet water production site to be stationed.
And as soon as you are done with accessing your site, you should draw up a business plan as well as a marketing plan which will be in line with your financial budget.
Steps in starting a pure water production business in Nigeria
Listed below are steps to follow when launching your pure water production business in Nigeria.
1. Production site
As soon as you have the capital with you, the first thing to consider when starting sachet water production should be the place you need your production to occur. It could be a leased site, a purchased site or a site you own yourself.
If you are considering leasing a major distribution centre for the sachet water production, your budget plan has to be within the range of N250k – 1.5million yearly rental expense (depending on the state).
But if you wish to construct your site yourself, bear it in mind that the total cost of construction will significantly rely on your taste and the capacity of your production. In any case, a standard pure water building should cost around 3 – 10million naira depending on the state.
Some other things that should also be considered during construction include electricity bills which will fall between #50k – #500k every year, government service bills et cetera.
2. Water Supply
Under this, you have two choices, either to drill a borehole (which is the most ideal and reliable option) or to work in agreement with a water organisation.
Under the water supply area, you should also consider getting a reservoir as reinforcement and to consider the treatment of water using any of the following water treatment system;
* reverse osmosis
* carbon filtration
* ultra-violet light
However, the reverse osmosis and the ultra-violet methods are the most widely used in Nigeria because they are easier to install, and the ultra-violet light method is relatively cheap, at about a #100,000 or less.
3. NAFDAC Registration
Now is the time to register your business with the agency regulating the production of foods and drugs in Nigeria, NAFDAC.
Starting a pure water production business in Nigeria without their approval is impossible because even if you begin without their permission, they will locate your company and lock it up.
And truth be told, it’s quite a strenuous process getting NAFDAC approval because you will have to meet all of their requirements before they can grant your business permission and the cost of their processing fee is more or less #30 000 for sachet water production.
Here are the NAFDAC requirements for pure water production pdf file
Most business requires the producer to get his products closer to those who need them (the consumers) through the retailers. The same can be said of pure water production business in Nigeria.
As a sachet water producer, you will be needing efficient transporting vehicles that will aid in moving your sachets water to the retailers. Examples of these vehicles include trucks, van, buses with or without the seats etc.
When purchasing any of the transporting vehicles, you should go for quality ones and shouldn’t try to be economical considering how bad some of our roads can be to avoid it from breaking down now and then.
5. Automatic Sealing Machine
The automatic sealing machine is a vital sachet water production machine to have in a pure water factory; hence, you need to be very careful and scrutinise it properly when purchasing one.
It is a machine that does different functions ranging from bag-making to printing, filling, sealing, cutting and counting.
If you are planning to start on a large scale, you will need about two or thereabouts. If not, one is enough.
You can get these machines here in Nigeria, but you should make sure to look for a trusted and reliable seller to deal with as there are lots of scammers everywhere.
The price ranges between #400 000 – #800 000, although you can get an excellent second-hand machine for less that price.
Alternatively, you can visit Alibaba.com a Chinese website to purchase one at a price range of between $950 – $3000
6. Employ Labour Force
After you must have completed all of those mentioned above, you will now have to look for able hands that would pass off as your employees. Those who would assist you in achieving the definite goal of pure water production business in Nigeria.
The number of employees you would have will significantly depend on the capacity of your production company.
Mind you; you won’t just be needing the services of unskilled labourers alone, as there are tasks which are better left to the skilled or semi-skilled ones — jobs like record keeping, managerial duties, paper works etc.
Be very careful in your selections as the type of employees you choose can either make or mar your business.
7. Look For Distributors
It is always advisable to get people who would help in distributing your products. These people are different from your employees.
You sell to them at a reduced price and they, in turn, would drive down to their different customers (retailers) and sell to them for profits.
Having distributors under you helps in improving the marketability of your products, hence improving production performance.
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Even though some people might kick against starting a pure water production business in Nigeria because they feel it is now saturated in the country, we want you to know that it is still a very lucrative business to start up, as long as you do your homework well.
Maintain a good relationship with your customers as well as those who are working for you. Give them incentives once in a while to encourage them to keep partnering with you.
Ensure that your water is always of high quality and tasteless and it won’t take long before your business will be known nationwide and you start reaping the fruits of your labour.
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