Brazil is growing into a big cotton country in the world. In 2007, its cotton production increased significantly, and it is likely to have another bumper harvest in 2008. According to Matt Robbins, manager of the Queensland Cotton Management Agency, Brazil produced approximately 7 million bales of cotton in 2007, a 47% increase from 2005/06. He said that the cotton planting area is 1.1 million hectares, compared to 65,000 hectares in Australia this year. Dryland cotton yield is generally 6-7 bales per hectare. Robbins, an expert who wrote the Australian Cotton Outlook report, said that Brazilian cotton farmers have made great efforts to improve the quality of cotton in recent years. Therefore, this year's production will generally increase. Robbins estimates that exports this year are expected to reach 450,000 tons, and may reach 500,000 tons soon. Some major planting associations pay great attention to promotional activities. In this year alone, they visited Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand and Italy. They will continue to conduct such visits.