Cotton industry ‘envy of the world’

CSD-CSIRO’s successful research, marketing partnership extended to 2029

Officially opening CSD’s new $90 million Shenstone plant at Wee Waa on Tuesday, from left, CSIRO chairman David Thodey, inaugural CSD chairman Frank Hadley, CSD managing director Peter Graham, former CSD chair John Grellman and current CSD chair James Kahl.

The official opening on Tuesday of the new $90 million CSD cotton seed processing plant at Wee Waa has further consolidated CSD as a major international player and confirmed Wee Waa as the Australian industry epicentre.

About 400 growers, researchers, CSD staff, suppliers to the industry, and community members joined the official opening celebrations in the huge new CSD complex which has seven acres ‘under roof.’

The opening by CSIRO chairman David Thodey was the occasion for a joint announcement with CSD chairman James Kahl that the highly successful Cotton Breeding Australia partnership between CSIRO and CSD has been extended from July 2024 to June 2029.

The joint venture began in 2007 and has seen CSIRO bred varieties become global leaders, and with Australian farming practices and infrastructure, made the Australian cotton industry ‘the envy of the world.’

The joint venture is a targeted research fund which has invested $110 million towards the research and breeding of future cotton varieties for Australian growers.

Mr Thodey praised the partnership between CSD and CSIRO which has seen 47 years of collaboration and 113 cotton varieties released to market.

“Combining CSIRO’s breeding expertise with CSD’s market access, we have achieved so much more for the industry than either of us could have alone,” he said.