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North Queensland fertile ground for cotton growing

North Queensland fertile ground for cotton growing

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Courier Mail - Journalist: GLEN NORRIS Photo: ERIN CORISH

NORTH Queensland could become a major cotton growing region as plans to open farming areas in the region accelerate.

Cotton Australia chairman Simon Corish said growing cotton in the north could boost the national crop by up to 15 per cent and lift exports.

At the moment, most cotton is grown in New South Wales and southern Queensland regions.

Beef producer Stanbroke last month said it was planning a 15,000ha cotton farm on the Flinders River, about 90km south of Normanton, and just west of the $2 billion IFED irrigation project.

“The industry has put a lot of research and development into growing cotton in north Queensland,” Mr Corish said.


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