Local agriculture exporters feel ripple effects from supply chain delays


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Ripple effects from delays within the world supply chain are being felt by farmers in Kern County. Some are actually continuing with warning on how they do enterprise to melt the financial blows to them.

It’s starting to feel like a nightmare for farmers in every single place within the state.  That’s the nightmare of a fourth-generation farmer, Jason Gianelli. 

“It’s not just having an impact on this valley,” mentioned Giannelli.  “It’s having an impact on the state and you’re seeing the ripple effects of that.”

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California’s tree nut trade is the only provider of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios to the nation. This calculates to over $8.1 million {dollars} in exports which might be at stake.

Fruits and nuts are California’s fifth-largest export trailing industrial and electrical equipment.
A historic drought plus kinks within the world supply chain are threatening future harvests.

“We’re seeing those Costs go up dramatically,” mentioned Giannelli. “I’m already seeing a 60% increase in our cost in the last four, five months.”

Delays on the Port of LA imply vital provides are caught at sea. Once offloaded, empty vessels are scurrying again throughout the Pacific leaving exports behind. Farmers are in determined occasions so they need to take determined measures.

“We have to figure out if we want to sell all of our product right now,” mentioned Giannelli.  “Or can we wait to sell everything, but at the same time it’s like can we get it out?”

Growers are left with the problem of discovering different exits for his or her exports. Ports in Oakland and different states are seeing a stream of those exports. But to get them there’s the largest hurdle.

“You can’t get them off to the right destinations, right off the ships,” mentioned Giannelli.  “There is not enough [truckers] and where do you put them at?”

As far as trying forward, it’s a ticking time bomb for people who are likely to the land.

“Can we get fertilizer right now and can we store it right now?,” mentioned Giannelli. “Because we don’t know what it’s going to be in three months from now, it can jump another 60%.”