The spots costing ag’s supply chain millions
RESEARCHERS have provided a new detailed map of routes and costings across Australia’s entire agricultural supply chain, potentially saving the industry millions of dollars annually. The CSIRO researchers applied the logistics tool TraNSIT – the Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool – to 98 per cent of agriculture transport across Australia including commodities such as beef, sheep, goats, dairy, pigs, poultry, grains, cotton, rice, sugar, stockfeed, horticultural and even buffalo. The information was presented in the final TraNSIT agricultural report last week. Transport infrastructure is essential to moving more than 80 million tonnes of Australian agricultural (including horticultural) output between farms, storage, processors and to markets each year and costs close to $6 billion annually. The TraNSIT tool identifies ways to reduce travel distance and time, save fuel costs, cut down on wear and tear to vehicles and produce, and minimise stress for both drivers and livestock.