Learn about the Australian cotton industry from the growers who produce the crop.
Peter Winter has been in the cotton industry for more than 30 years.
“[I’m a] fifth generation farmer and have been in the cotton industry for 30-plus years.
“Cotton - I grow because it’s probably the pinnacle of my business. The other rotational crops of pulses and cereals are grown in rotation with that.
“The big misconceptions at the moment are just the falsities that are out there in the issues of water, cotton itself, its usage. It’s just not factual.
“The community relies deeply on the industry itself. It’s charitable and very much in the workplace – there’s a lot of people employed. Charity-wise, there’s a lot of not-for-profit organisations, plus sports clubs that rely on the industry. It’s very giving to the community.
“If the cotton or water were taken away, examples like Collarenabri – 20 per cent of the labour force would just drop straight out of the community. We wouldn’t like to see that in this region here.
“There are other crops, but they’re not the drivers that cotton is. Substantially, there’d be big losses to the community and the district.”