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 relies on exports through downstream industries. Nearly all of the cotton ginned is sold abroad due to the small size of the domestic textile manufacturing industry, along with the increasing penetration of fabric and garment imports. Other cotton-derived products, such as cottonseeds, are used by food manufacturers as feed and within the industry to grow new crops.
Trading conditions for Australian growers have fluctuated over the past five years due to increased volatility in the global cotton market... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Commercial cotton growing is almost exclusively conducted in New South Wales and Queensland, which means these two states comprise almost the entire industry. However, some experimental cotton growing projects have taken place in Western Australia and the Northern Territory in recent times. During 2013-14 cotton was grown in commercial quantities in northern Victoria for the first time. However, no industry data was recorded due to low volumes. 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... purchase to read more