Transport issues under the spotlight

As the second quarter of 2021 dawns, potato producers are plagued by ongoing cost increases, of which diesel and other transport-related operating elements are strongly in evidence. The wholesale inland price of diesel was, at the time of writing, just below R15/litre, before adding the transport differentials.

The cost per kilometre for vehicles typically used by producers or the contractors they engage to transport their harvest to local municipal markets, and others catering for bulk buyers, is now R20/km or more.

For more information, see article by Max Braun, Max Braun Consulting Services, as published in the May/June 2021 edition of CHIPS magazine.

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