Australian cotton growers will now have a system to produce cotton under both the myBMP and BCI banners. The myBMP certification is Australia’s management practice certification system for the cotton industry. It is a free, on-line farm management tool that helps cotton growers manage their responsibilities to the natural environment and their workers. It helps reduce risks around the farm, meet legislative requirements and keep the paperwork in order. The program is a place for growers and the cotton industry to access the latest scientific knowledge, information and resources, find solutions to challenges and access a wide variety of tools to help operate at optimal efficiency.
Cotton Australia is a member of Better Cotton Initiative. The agreement means that Cotton Australia’s cotton can now be sold in the global market as BCI cotton. The agreement recognizes Australia’s leading role in the production and promotion of responsibly grown cotton.
Access to future growth markets is of tremendous importance to Australian cotton growers, in the face of stiff competition from synthetic fibers. The new agreement and its promise of enhanced market access will encourage more Australian growers to achieve full myBMP certification. It recognises that the cotton growing enterprise has met all best management practice requirements and is operating at the pinnacle of cotton growing practice.