AUS – GM COTTON THRIVES IN NORTHERN AUS
Source: ABC Landline
It’s being described as a possible game changer for farmers and even the pastoral industry in northern Australia — the resurgence of cotton.
The CSIRO has predicted that if 15,000 hectares of the crop were grown in the Ord region of the Kimberley, it would be worth $80 million.
If the same was done in Queensland, beef spin-offs would grow that figure to $340 million…
The turning point was the development of a genetically modified cotton variety called Bollard III in 2016.
It’s able to withstand the insects that can plague the northern wet season and was part of cotton’s demise last time.