The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • Cotton production in India's Maharashtra state is likely to fall by 10%-15% this year, according to the agriculture ministry. Some farmers postponed the sowing of cotton because of a delayed monsoon, while others switched partly to soya bean and cereals. However, the government believes the shortfall of cotton, coupled with greater overall demand in the market, will ensure higher returns to the farmers. Maharashtra accounts for almost 25%-30% of the cotton grown in the country. THE INDIAN EXPRESS
  • Turkish cotton consumption will hit a ten-year high next year, US officials said, as the country's cotton industry invests in new technology. The US Department of Agriculture's bureau in Ankara saw Turkish textile exports rising thanks to increased sales in Europe, as well as thawing relations with Russia. Domestic cotton consumption is expected to rise to 6.89m 480 pound bales in 2016-17, the bureau said, up 115,000 bales from the previous session. This is 285,000 bales above the USDA's official 2016017 forecast. AGRIMONEY

  • Tanzania has organised a series of training sessions designed to equip young Tanzanians with tailoring skills, so they can be employed in garment factories. The move follows a decision to ban imports of used clothes and shoes into the country from European countries and North America. According to the Prime Minister's office in charge of policy, parliamentary affairs, labour, employment, youth and disabled affairs, the government wants to end the import of used clothes and shoes by 2018. XINHUA

  • High import duties are hampering the Made-in-Rwanda campaign as the government also moves to phase out used clothes. According to one manufacturer, scrapping the 25% tax on raw materials would enable his company to produce more than the 7,000 garments it rolls out daily. He added the cost to import raw materials, mostly from China, to make final fabrics continues to put a heavy toll on the business. ALL AFRICA

  • Pakistan's textile industry has "tremendous ability" to create employment at the grass roots level, according to its federal minister for information and broadcasting senator, Pervai Rashid. During the 16th Textile Asia 2016 Exhibition, Rashid said the textile and clothing sector contributed $12.6bn (60%) in exports for the year 2015-16 and $13.5bn (57%) in exports for the year 2014-15. THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

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