Australian cotton production is forecast to rise by 4% to 968,000 tonnes in 2017-2018. This rise is despite a reduced area of cotton planted and lower returns being forecast due to falling world prices.
ABARES notes that the total planted area of cotton planted is forecast to decline by 10% to 500,000 hectares due to a decrease in irrigation water available from dams in the cotton growing region and dry seasonal conditions.1
Export volumes for this period are forecast to increase by 24% to 944,000 tonnes with strong demand for quality cotton from Bangladesh, China, India and Vietnam with the value of exports also increasing to around $2.1 billion.1
 ABARES 2017, Agricultural commodities: December quarter 2017. CC BY 4.0