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Australian cotton production hits new heights

Australian cotton production hits new heights Source:
Date: 05-06-2013
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Australia saw its highest-ever production of cotton over the 2011-12 season and generally strong agricultural results across the board, China's Xinhua news agency said quoting a report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said Friday.
The 2011-12 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) produced data for a range of agricultural commodity items, including broadacre cropping, horticultural production, livestock production, industry activity and land use management.
According to the report, cotton reached a production record of 974 million kilogrammes in the past year, with canola, wheat and sugar cane also growing well.
Good weather conditions meant that certain crops such as bananas, oranges and tomatoes also thrived. But apples in New South Wales and pears in Victoria suffered from less favourable weather.
In the livestock sector, sheep and cattle numbers remained steady, but pig estimates dropped by six percent across the country.
Favourable seasonal conditions such as the return of irrigation water supplies to northern Victoria and Riverina production areas kicked national dairy cattle estimates up a notch, increasing by six percent, the report said.
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