GREENHILLS KNOWLEDGE ZONE: THE PLACE OF TRANSPORTATION IN SOLVING THE SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEMS IN CASSAVA DISTRIBUTION IN NIGERIA

Typically, agricultural goods have low price points and low value at harvest, so the most efficient mode of transport is carrying these goods in large volumes. Normally, carrying the agricultural goods starts from the original farm to the final destination by collecting goods from each farm to the distribution point in order to carry goods in a large quantity to be worth to the transportation mode that may be by small truck, train or even a large ship.

At Greenhills we experience the issues of transportation of harvested cassava stems first hand and it brings to the fore the infrastructural inefficiencies of the terrain in which we operate. Below are three ways we address the problem of transportation in our model;

1.     Road Infrastructure: Greenhills Cassava Farmstead has invested in repairs of the access roads leading to the farm. The terrain is bad and muddy thus restricting the free flow of movement to and from the farm. We recognize that the supply chain of the cassava will be considered in every phase of the product. Therefore, if we are not processing the tubers immediately on the farm, we have to get the produce to the processing points within a few hours of harvest. It is why our scheme 2 is located at Ihunbo, Ogun State, where road infrastructure no longer poses a problem to our model.

 

2.     Logistics: Those that have had to carry out construction projects and interact with truckers know the challenges with getting reliable logistics arrangement with truckers in Nigeria. Upon the backdrop of rising cost to fuel the trucks, the cost of logistics is at an all time high. To cut cost, The Greenhills team has to utilize the tractors for logistics from the farm to the roads where the truckers complete the last mile of deliveries to the customers.

 

3.     Route: Transportation used in cassava’s supply chain is mainly by road transport. At the Greenhills Farm, there is only one route in and out to the city center where the cassava is processed and this puts the business in a situation where if there are challenges on the road, it delays the delivery of the tubers which is bad for the quality of starch to be extracted from the tubers. The lack of alternative routes from farm to processing invariably increases the cost of doing the cassava business. At Greenhills Farmstead, we plan to establish our processing plants within the farmstead to preserve the integrity of our produce and minimize the cost incurred from route challenges

 

We take customer satisfaction very seriously and we also want to maximize profits for our virtual farm owners, therefore, we are constantly coming up with solutions to all forms of challenges that affect us negatively.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read. If you have any enquiries about the new scheme in Ihunbo, Ogun State, Nigeria, you may reach out to us using our official Whatsapp channel.

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