Developing a more balanced and sustainable transport system is essential for the Brazilian poultry and wider agricultural industries to survive, delegates at the recent 16th Southern Brazil Poultry Symposium were told.

Celso Cappellaro, MBA in company management, noted that progress in developing Brazil’s transport system remains slow and that the recent strike by truck drivers had only served to highlight the difficulties that persist in the area.

“Only those who face the challenges on a daily basis fully understand the poor condition of the motorways and how this impacts on delivering product competitively. A large part of the road system is from the stone age,” he said.

He continued that the industry needed a variety of transport options if goods were to be delivered at a reasonable cost, especially given the large size of the country and the distance between the centers of commodity production, consumers and export ports.

“In a highly competitive market, producers have to redouble their efforts to ensure that quality and price are right. The differential is in the logistics of having the right product, in the right place at the right time, with the quality that the client demands. If we are going to sell our products, they have to actually be available, because nobody will go the market and wait for them to arrive,” he said.