SOUTHERN Cotton's Whitton gin (pictured) has been declared one of the best in Australia after gaining a perfect accreditation record.
The gin achieved 100 per cent compliance in the 2014 Best Management Practice for Cotton Ginning accreditation report, the benchmark of success for the cotton industry.
The report commended the independently owned operation on its progress and achievement.
An outstanding result, it was a credit to the Southern Cotton team at every level, according to general manager Kate O'Callaghan.
"Southern Cotton was built from scratch just three years ago," Mrs O'Callaghan said.
"That means our dedicated team has also hit the ground running and developed and implemented first-rate management practices and ginning processes in a short period of time.
"It makes me so proud that this hard work has been recognised."
Southern Cotton has been instrumental in the growth of the MIA's cotton industry since 2012 with plantings increasing from 11,000 hectares in 2011 to over 32,000 hectares this season. The forecast is for more than 50,000 hectares planted to cotton in 2015.
"Southern Cotton is an industry leader because our management systems and processes are second-to-none," Mrs O'Callaghan said.
"It's our dedication to doing the best job for our growers that drives us to be better at what we do at the gin every day.
The accreditation acknowledgement, as well as recent success at local and regional business awards, will be celebrated at a "Cotton Club" gala dinner in Griffith next month.