What is an Allied Sector?

An allied sector (in the context of agriculture) is a sector of business that indirectly benefits the agricultural value chain it interacts with.

Let’s take poultry farming as an example.

A typical poultry farming value chain might look like this…

  • Breeder
  • Hatchery
  • Grower farm
  • Processor or packer
  • Middle Man / Distributor
  • Wholesaler / Manufacturer
  • Retailer
  • Hospitality / Consumer

Importance of allied sectors in agriculture #

Such a value chain does not exist in isolation.

It is further strengthened by supporting agents who assist the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall value-added process.

Think of…

  • breeders depending on clinical laboratories and research institutes
  • hatcheries using incubators or other specialist machinery to support their production
  • grower farms needing feed manufacturers and suppliers to grow their livestock

Whilst these supporting actors may not have central roles in delivering eggs or chicken meat to consumers,

They do help the mission.

This is the job of an allied sector.

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