Millions lost in cotton crops
CENTRAL Highlands cotton growers located on river banks are some of the worst affected by recent heavy rainfalls and flash flooding around the region.
According to a recent report from the Department of Primary Industry, 5000Ha of cotton is expected to have been lost, out of a planting area of about 22,000Ha.
“When estimates of losses to the value of the cotton crop alone are $30 million, we know losses and damage right across our rural sector are going to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars,” Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said.
“There’s a hell of a lot underwater,” Comet-based grower Carl Morawitz said.
“It will be three or four weeks before we can tell the full extent of the damage, things need to dry up first.
“They’re predicting more rain which is not a good thing.
“Pretty much anyone who’s up along the river would have suffered big damage.”
The rain could not have spoiled a better looking season for cotton growers, after the year was shaping up to yield the biggest Australian cotton crop ever, according to Cotton Australia.