A survey carried out by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) identified that farmers benefit from a ‘just in time’ delivery service due to some 450 depots across the country.
David Randall, chairman of AIC’s crop protection storage and logistics committee, says: “Delivery drivers are a vital, yet rarely noticed, link in the crop protection supply chain.
“They ensure products arrive when farmers need them. They often take responsibility for ensuring delivery and secure storage without any involvement from farmer or farm staff.”
Most drivers had over five years’ experience; 41 per cent had been in their jobs for over 10 years and 17 per cent had done the job for more than 20 years. Many cited freedom of driving in the countryside and meeting customers as reasons they enjoy their job.
“With time comes considerable knowledge on the location of farm stores as well as trust between driver and customer,” says Hazel Doonan, head of AIC’s crop protection and agronomy sector.
Source: Respondents to AIC survey