Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The fortunes of Australian cotton growers are largely determined by external factors such as global cotton demand, the world price of cotton and domestic growing conditions. Although Australia is a small cotton producer on a global scale, the industry is reliant on exports through downstream industries. Over 80% of ginned cotton is sold abroad due to the small size of the domestic textile manufacturing industries and the increasing penetration of fabric and garment imports. Other cotton products, such as cottonseeds, are used by food manufacturers and within the industry to grow new crops.
Trading conditions for Australian growers have fluctuated over the past five years due to increased volatility on the global cotton market... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Commercial cotton growing is currently conducted only in New South Wales and Queensland, which means these two states comprise the entire industry. However, some experimental cotton growing projects have taken place in Western Australia and the Northern Territory in recent times. Historically, the production shares for New South Wales and Queensland have only shifted slightly from year to year, reflecting changes in growing conditions. The overall trend, however, has favoured New South Wales as the prevailing producer. According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, New South Wales accounted for 57.6% of industry value in 2011-12, with Queensland accounting for the rest... purchase to read more