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Cosying up with Australian cotton

With around 1500 cotton farms in operation, across more than 150 regional Australian communities, Australia is the largest producer of raw cotton in the world.

The regions with the most ideal cotton growing conditions can be found mainly in New South Wales and Queensland, with smaller operations located in Victoria, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory. But perhaps the most commendable aspect of the industry is that close to 90 percent of Australia’s cotton farms are Aussie owned and operated by families within these communities.

According to Australian Cotton1, the industry produces on average 680,000 tonnes of raw cotton annually. Approximately 90 percent of these cotton yields are exported globally each year to spinners and textile producers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Following a bumper harvest season in 2022, Australian cotton farmers produced a record-breaking six million bales, contributing nearly $2 billion in domestic dollars to the Australian economy.

Australian farmers are known to be amongst the most environmentally and socially responsible cotton producers on the planet. This is due to their conservative use of natural resources and low-impact operations that rely on the natural climate conditions that are ideal for cultivating and growing cotton.

There are very few artificial or mechanical aspects to Australian cotton growing, and most local cotton farms are family farming operations where much of the labour is done manually by the farmers.

That said, cotton farmers still use the bare essential tilling, seeding, and harvesting equipment and machinery found on most modern farms. And Motion is heavily invested in supporting Australian cotton farmers, according to Russell Randal, Motion Australia’s business development manager for Agriculture.

Russell is based in the Wagga Wagga region, an area not too far away from many cotton operations, but he is also frequently on the road, visiting agricultural regions and meeting with farmers across the Eastern seaboard and beyond.

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