Driving An Industry: Developing Sustainable Agricultural Logistics
From specialist equipment on estates and farms to cold-chain logistics networks, Agriculture is an industry on the move.
The Complexity of Logistics in Agriculture
When we think of logistics, Agriculture is often overlooked, which is odd, as it is the lifeblood of the country. From the food we eat to the RM 103 billion in exports, Agriculture is an industry that is essential to the economy (7.3 per cent of our GDP) as well as to the millions of people who rely on livestock farmers, crop growers and palm plantation owners for subsistence and income. Add to this the interconnection through processing facilities and factories and finally to either our grocery stores or export markets, it’s clear agriculture is bringing massive value to the country. Movement, which is the heart of all this, is a massive benefit to jobs in the logistics sector. From specialist equipment on estates and farms to cold-chain logistics networks, Agriculture is an industry on the move.
Agriculture is a coverall term for several unique segments, beginning with the import of fertiliser in huge quantities (mostly Ammonium or Potassium derivatives), before being delivered to various ‘growth’ centres and then on to processing plants/mills etc. It is then distributed locally or transported for export. It is a long-chain logistics environment with many component pieces that require specialist knowledge at each stage for efficient operation......
By Michael Hutt
Group Marketing Manager, Kit Loong Commercial Tyre Group
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集团行销经理 迈克●赫德 （Michael Hutt） 撰文