The spots cost­ing ag’s sup­ply chain mil­lions

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

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