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Bumper cotton production benefits Australian farmers
Aug '12
Two consecutive bumper cotton harvests have benefited cotton farmers of Australia as they will now pay a reduced levy to their industry group ‘Cotton Australia’ from next year.
Speaking at the Australian Cotton Conference, Mr. Lyndon Mulligan, the newly elected Chairman of Cotton Australia, said the record-breaking harvests have yielded better profitability to the cotton industry and hence the levy paid to the industry group will dip from Aus$ 2.25 per bale to Aus$ 2.00 in 2013.
Mr. Mulligan stated that despite the declining prices of cotton fibre for the past 18 months it is still beneficial for the farmers to grow cotton because of various favourable conditions, such as abundance of water storages and high export demand from the foreign shores. 
Industry experts are predicting another production record of approximately 4.95 million bales in the next season.
Cotton Australia’s Chairman also informed that a joint venture between the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Cotton Seed Distributors Limited (CSD) has been created in response to the Government’s announcement that it would stop funding the Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) after June this year.
He added that all the CRC-organized projects and programs would continue to run and Aus$ 4 million would be resourced to manage the unhindered delivery of research and development information to cotton-growing regions in the country.
He stated that key issues that the industry is trying to tackle at present are uncertainty around the future management of the Murray-Darling Basin, shortage of labour and infrastructure not being able to keep up with record harvests.

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