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An Evening With Cotton back in Moree this week

GWYDIR Valley Cotton Growers Association will on Wednesday, April 18 again host An Evening of Cotton, which will include information on the history of cotton production on the Moree Plains, a farm visit, a look at cotton picking and a tour of a working cotton gin.

Cotton producer Barbara Glennie of Norwood said the tour will enable locals and visitors to see cotton being picked and have the opportunity to visit a working cotton gin.

Cotton has been grown in the Moree district since the 1950s.

“The evening is a casual relaxed environment where children and adults can learn about cotton production, get a real appreciation of the depth of the industry, and find out how important cotton production is to the whole community,” Mrs Glennie said.

“We will have cotton growers, marketers and people who have worked in this vibrant industry talking during the evening.”

Gwydir Valley CGA secretary Zara Lowien said the evening is a must-do for anyone who lives locally, or is visiting the area.

“Cotton is an innovative industry and producers in the Gwydir Valley are constantly striving to improve the efficiency of production so that the industry remains sustainable into the future,” Mrs Lowien said.

Cotton growing first started in Moree in the 1950s, and has grown to become an important part of the economy of Moree Plains, with an estimated 32 percent of the cotton in NSW produced in the region.

Irrigated cotton in the region contributes over $763 million to the NSW economy.

The Gwydir Valley CGA sees An Evening of Cotton as a great way to ‘show off’ the industry and the region to people new to town as well as residents and visitors.

 “It is a fun and informative afternoon which finishes with a barbeque under the stars on-farm,” Mrs Lowien said.

Buses will leave the Moree Tourist Information Centre at 3pm on Wednesday, April 18 with attendees asked to please wear closed-in shoes and to bring along a hat and sun-screen.

The tour will include cotton picking and a tour of a working cotton gin, weather permitting.

The evening will conclude with a casual barbeque dinner on-farm and will return back to Moree at around 8pm. 

For more information please contact the Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers Association on 0267 521399.

Media Release: April 16, 2018