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.
Farms in this industry grow cotton. Cotton is the white downy fibres grown on shrubby plants of the genus gossypium. These fibres are used to make textiles and other products.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.