“Cotton Australia’s production forecast estimates1,785,000 bales will
be grown in Queensland, while New South Wales will account for 2,271,000
bales, producing a harvest worth about $2.3 billion”
.Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay says while the floods brought
significant challenges for many growers, good management and the
delivery of expert advice has given some growers the chance to salvage
or recover inundated cotton crops .
.“While most people will remember the start of this year as ‘flood,
cyclone, flood,’ the season has actually produced very good
cotton-growing conditions, which allowed for some recovery of crops that
went underwater. Growers unaffected by the floods are telling us they
expect to harvest personal-best crops in many areas, and that
productivity is driving the national crop forecast upwards.” .
.The previous record Australian cotton harvest was in 2000/01, when
about 3.6million bales were produced.Cotton Australia’s Chief Executive
says while having such a bumper crop is great, the sheer size of the job
ahead brings some additional challenges .”
“With such a massive crop predicted, we are still looking to recruit
enough workers to harvest and gin our cotton. Anyone interested in
spending a few months working in cotton country can call our HarvestHelp
line, 1 800 062 332,” Kay says”


Source:Al Youm Al Sabaa Newspaper