Government Bans Sachet Waragi

Government has banned the production of alcohol in sachets with effect from 31st March 2019 at all factories in the Country.

Addressing the Media at Uganda Media Centre, Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde said that all packaging of alcohol must be done in plastic and glass bottles with a minimum of 200mls.

“The sale or trade of alcohol in sachets is banned with effect from May 30, and no one is expected to sell alcohol in sachets after this date,” said Kyambadde

The ban follows a 2017 Cabinet directive that banned packaging and sell of alcohol in sachets.

This therefore means that packaging and sell of alcohol is to be done in plastic and glass bottles.

The use of sachets for packaging alcohol attracted debate last year with many looking at the likely impact on the consumption of alcohol since plastic and glass packages will force an increase in the prices thus making it less affordable to its consumers.

This is however not the first attempt by government to effect ban on use of sachets.

Kyambadde’s first in 2016, when she set September 2017 as the deadline for the use of sachets in alcohol packaging and sell failed to implemented.

Kyambadde said that implementation of the directive was stayed after the ministry and alcohol manufacturers agreed on a two-year road map that she says has attracted several investments for the bottling equipment to enable the transition.

“Ministry together with alcohol manufacturers under the Uganda Alcohol Industry Association agreed on a road map to procure, install and commission new bottling packaging production equipment including building new factory premises for these new technology bottling machinery” said Kyambadde

She added that a committee has been established to monitor the implementation and manage the transition.

The committee comprises of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ministry of Finance, Uganda Revenue Authority, Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Health, Uganda Manufacturers Association, Uganda Police Force, National Environmental Management Authority and the Uganda Alcohol Manufacturer Association.

Noncompliance with the ban will culminate into closure of business, says Kyambadde