CRDC Annual Report 2018-19

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Published: 
November, 2019

CRDC’s role is to invest in RD&E on behalf of cotton growers and the government, with the outcomes boosting the productivity and profitability of our industry. RD&E, and its resulting innovations, are a key driving force behind the Australian cotton industry’s continued success.

The 2018–19 year marked the first year under the CRDC Strategic RD&E Plan 2018–23. This plan provides an ambitious roadmap for our 2018–23 investments: through this plan, we aim to contribute to creating $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production for the benefit of Australian cotton growers and the wider community.

As such, the 2018–19 year marked a crucial year for CRDC. It ensured that the first round of strategic RD&E investments under this plan help set the future direction for the Australian cotton industry – one of innovation and impact through increased commercialisation and digital transformation.

To achieve this, during 2018–19 Australian cotton growers and the Australian Government co-invested $24.1 million through CRDC into cotton RD&E, across 285 projects and in collaboration with 116 research partners. The investments were made in the five key areas identified in the Strategic RD&E Plan: increasing productivity and profitability on Australian cotton farms; improving cotton farming sustainability and value chain competitiveness; building the adaptive capacity of the Australian cotton industry; strengthening partnerships and adoption; and driving RD&E impact.

These investments achieved real impact for cotton growers, the industry and the wider community during 2018-19 as detailed within this report.

The full report is available to view in two different file formats:


The infographic from the report is also available to download:

2018-2019 investment and impact

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Previous editions of this publication can be found online at Inside Cotton, CRDC's electronic library.