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Department Of Agriculture, Fisheries And Forestry Department Of Agriculture, Fisheries And Forestry Presentation Transcript

  • Australia Country Paper Des Pearson, Manager Wool and Dairy Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia
  • General Business Environment
    • Australia’s textiles and clothing industry :
        • large and diverse – along value chain
        • Ranges from raw fibres to semi- and fully processed fabrics and materials.
        • Clothing manufacturing has contracted.
    • Export oriented activities :
        • Continually incorporating innovative products and processes.
  • General Business Environment
    • Main message – despite contraction of clothing manufacture, textile and clothing exports have risen.
    • Australia’s future lies in high quality specialised textiles that reflect the country’s unique climate and lifestyle – for example, sport and casual wear.
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  • Natural Fibres Sector
    • An abundance of fertile productive land:
        • Australia is the world’s largest producer and exporter of fine wool and a large exporter of cotton.
    • Land,Wool and Water Project (AWI and Land Water, Australia):
        • Program will provide wool producers with access to information on managing salinity, river health and native vegetation so that Australia has sustainable production well into the future.
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  • Wool
    • Despite sluggish demand, prices are currently high because of tight supply and the end of the stockpile.
    • Demand:
      • World economic growth is expected to be subdued this year; the consensus is that there will be a recovery in 2003 and this will support demand for wool apparel.
  • Wool
    • Supply:
      • Because of the drought, sheep numbers and production have declined – with the wool reduction concentrated in the mid-micron ranges (21-24 mn).
    • Wool production is expected to recover once the drought recedes and producers return to wool – but only as prices remain high.
  • Cotton Sector
    • Production:
        • Drought to reduce plantings and yields.
        • ABARE forecasts a marked reduction (37%) in the area used for cotton – due to reduced availability of irrigation water.
    • Best Management Practices :
        • Australian cotton industry is committed to combining science and farming practices for the benefit of the environment and community.
    • Research and Development:
        • Main body is the CRDC – funded by an industry levy and matching Government funds. Its focus is on resource and environmental management, lifting competitiveness and on assisting the cotton community.
  • Government Policy
    • Removal of Textile and Clothing Quotas (in 1993) and further reduction in import tariffs is likely after 2005 in order to meet our APEC and WTO commitments.
    • Structural adjustment measures for the textile and clothing industries to enable it to adjust to the changing environment and to compete without further assistance.
  • Conclusion
    • The three keys to the future success of the natural fibres, textiles and clothing industries will be:
      • A strong focus on R&D – leading to sustainable wool and cotton production.
      • Continuous innovation – all along the value chain.
      • Securing enhanced market access – either bilaterally and/or through the WTO.