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 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 Products Chapter
Farmers in the industry sell all of their harvested cotton plants as large bales to cotton ginners, which then separate the plant into cottonseeds, cotton lint and trash.
Farmers in the industry grow cotton plants. The main product derived from the plant is cotton lint, which makes up about 35.0% of the weight of the bale but 92.4% of the value of the plant. The cotton plant is processed to separate the cottonseed from the lint in the downstream Cotton Ginning industry. Cotton is the fibre that forms in the heads of cotton plants, and its main use is as a fabric. Once it is ginned, the cotton is sold to spinning mills or exported. This segment is growing as a share of revenue... purchase to read more