Posted June 13, 2018 09:30:48 In the wake of the Queensland drought, farmers in the Hunter region have started planting new cotton crops.
The latest report from the NSW Agricultural Industry Council, released on Tuesday, says the region has a growing number of cotton crops, with about 400,000 hectares planted.
“The new cotton planting is being done to help feed the demand for our cotton crop, which is our most important export,” said Agriculture Minister, Steven Miles.
Australia has had a dry winter, with no rain in the past year.
Queensland’s drought was blamed for a sharp decline in cotton production, which has been in decline since 2012.
But it has not only impacted on cotton production but also the value of the cotton, as farmers can’t make money from the crop if there is no demand.
Some farmers have already been planting cotton crops as well, but they are also concerned about the impact on the environment.
Mr Miles said the new cotton planted this year was a long-term investment for the region.
He said the cotton would have a “significant impact” on the health of the surrounding vegetation.
We are in the midst of a major drought that has impacted a lot of agriculture in the region, particularly in the north-east, he said.
More to come.