Cotton Australia is estimating 30,000 hectares of cotton has been affected by spray drift.
The growth of the cotton in Upper Namoi valley is prompting a huge upgrade at the local gin, with Carroll Cotton looking to expand with the industry.
Irrigators say the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) proposed water recovery is still taking too much water from production and communities such as Dirranbandi and St George will continue to be hurt as a result.
The 2016-17 Australian cotton season has begun, with planting mostly completed in the northern-most cotton valleys and early estimates anticipating a strong production year by growers.
The news is good for Australian growers planning on planting cotton this season, with the International Cotton Advisory Council forecasting a price rise across the sector.