$68M production loss reported
COTTON Australia, the key representative body for Australian cotton growers, has provided an extensive evaluation on the state of the industry following the devastating Queensland floods.
In a submission to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry, CA said the floods had a devastating impact on a number of cotton growing families and businesses, with the greatest impacts being felt in Central Queensland and the Darling Downs.
Losses in the Central Highlands and Dawson Valley are estimated to be 45% of the pre-flood predictions.
That equates to a staggering $68 million worth of production loss.
The region was expected to yield 296,750 bales - that number now sits at 165,050, with an estimated $26 million worth of on-farm infrastructure lost in the Emerald district alone.
In some cases Central Queensland growers have suffered significant flood losses in two out of the past three seasons, the submission reads.
CA took aim at the state’s river gauging stations, and argued the floods should prompt an immediate review.
“While accurate gauging is important, it should be recognised by the inquiry that in many instances, by the time flows are picked up in the gauging network, it is actually too late to respond,” the submission stated.
CA will hold a number of financial information workshops for cotton growers in struggling areas, with Central Highlands growers attending a meeting last night at the Pritchard Road Country Resort in Emerald.
“It has been a tough few seasons,” CA grower liaison officer Renee Anderson said.
“If we weren’t flooded, then we were rained out. There is going to be some serious yield and quality issues. Only about 40% of what’s in the Emerald area has been picked.