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Peter Graham: CSIRO relocated its cotton breeding activities to Narrabri in the early 80's. Cotton Seed Distributors is a small commercial seed company based in Wee Waa.

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The relationship between the two parties is one of the most important relationships, I believe, in the Australian cotton industry.

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Today we are the only commercial company providing the Australian cotton industry with germ plasm.

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One hundred percent of the varieties we are selling today come from CSIRO. So any cotton grower who is producing cotton today, is growing CSIRO bred material.

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The material that CSIRO has produced contains high yield, high quality, disease tolerance and is widely adaptable. Since the introduction of biotechnology in the CSIRO varieties, we've seen a significant reduction of insecticide use.

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In fact, numbers quoted in the industry, indicate a reduction of up to 85% of the pesticides we were using in the industry.

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In the middle of one of the worst droughts Australia has experienced, we asked CSIRO to consider a long term relationship with us.

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That relationship was negotiated when the cotton industry was basically on its knees.

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Today CSIRO material has been grown in the U.S, South America, South Africa and in Europe. The majority of the success of this variety however has been in the Australian market.

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As we look across the whole of agriculture, there are a lot of great things CSIRO have done, CSIRO are doing, and I'm sure CSIRO are looking at doing in the future.

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We are now in a very lucky position, so that the Australian cotton grower can be assured of receiving the varieties that will keep him competitive year in, year out from CSIRO and C.S.D.

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We asked CSIRO - Cotton Seed Distributors

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