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 export-oriented, with approximately 85.0% of ginned cotton sold abroad due to the small size of the domestic textile manufacturing industries and the increasing penetration of fabric and garment imports. Non-exported cotton and cotton products, such as cottonseed and cotton seeds, are used by manufacturers and within the industry... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Farmers in the industry supply two products to the market: raw cotton and cotton seeds.
Farmers in the industry grow raw cotton, which is estimated to account for 94.5% of industry revenue in 2012-13. This raw cotton 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, which is separated from the rest of the plant during the downstream ginning process. Once ginned, the cotton is sold to spinning mills and later used to produce fabric. In some cases, cotton is used for paper production. In most years, the bulk of the cotton crop (up to 90.0%) is grown under irrigation.
Cotton seeds are used for replanting cotton crops... purchase to read more