GRDC Research, Development and Extension Plan 2018-23

GRDC Key Investment Target 4.1


Growers realise increased farm gate returns by accessing lowest-cost pathways for grain storage and transport logistics and other post-farm-gate costs.

  • While the GRDC cannot and will not undertake advocacy on behalf of growers, it can invest in research and development (R&D) to inform debate and policy.
  • GRDC focuses on R&D that provides information that informs investment in road, rail and grain-handling infrastructure to enable competitive, low-cost movement of grain between producers and end-users.
  • There may be some limited opportunities to invest in R&D that leads to equipment, technologies and work practices that reduce post-farm-gate costs.
Identification of major constraints to efficient grain handling and transport
  • 4.1.1
    Growers and policy makers are aware of the major constraints on the efficiency of supply chain logistics.
Assessment of the options available to overcome constraints and inform debate
  • 4.1.2
    The grains industry understands the potential economic returns from different options for overcoming the most important constraints to supply chain efficiencies.
  • 4.1.3
    The grains industry understands the technical and economic feasibility of options to address priority constraints.
Development of technologies that improve transport, handling and logistics efficiencies where the benefit flows back to growers
  • 4.1.4
    The grains industry has access to innovative freight, storage and grain-handling technologies and solutions that result in efficient supply chain logistics.
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