The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

The Indian government is preparing to mop up a third of India's cotton harvest this year out of fear that a drop in clothing demand could lead to crop prices falling below the minimum support price and causing widespread farmer distress. The move is set to cost the government INR130m. Cotton is India's most important cash crop and contributes some 30% of the GDP. ECONOMIC TIMES.

Vietnam is considering setting up joint ventures in garment manufacture as well as a tractor plant in Sri Lanka, the country's ministry of industry and commerce said in a statement. "Vietnam is keen to import more coconuts from Sri Lanka, collaborate in garment manufacturing and also to set up a manufacturing plant for two wheel tractors here," it said. The opportunities were discussed in a meeting between Vietnam's ambassador to Sri Lanka Ton Sinh Thanh and Rishad Bathiudeen, minister of industry and commerce of Sri Lanka. LANKA BUSINESS ONLINE.

Some 10,000 textile workers in Swaziland have resolved to embark on a protest action next month against poor wages and unfair labour practices. They are also complaining of mistreatment by certain employers who deny them access to medical facilities after falling sick. TIMES OF SWAZILAND.

South Korean textile makers operating in Myanmar are on the verge of bankruptcy due to the steep rise in the country's currency, Kyat, according to a report released by the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency. The value of the currency rose 30% since early this year. The appreciation is threatening to drive local Korean textile makers out of the market because they had relied on cheap labor for strong exports. Now they need more dollars to pay local employees. MK.

Ethiopia's textile exports have more than doubled, with exports over the last two months increasing by US$11.6m to $18.5m over the same period of the previous year. According to the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute, the textile products that contributed to the increase included yarn and thread, garments, clothes and weaving products. MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF ETHIOPIA.