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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Women want state textile industries revamped

15th March 2012

The government has been told to resurrect its textile industries in order to have more home made clothes from the country’s own grown cotton instead of depending on imported garments.

That was said recently at the commemoration of the International Women’s Day in Dar es Salaam by Mwanne Msekalile on behalf of other women in the city.

“Although the farmers have been producing much cotton, still Tanzania has not been able to revamp its textile industries. We don’t have variety of home made clothes loved by Tanzanians especially women,” she said.

She added: “Although we produce khanga we need to different types of clothes manufactured here at home.”

She said the availability of home-made clothes from the cotton produced in the country, would make the government’s current campaign of finding the national dress to be an easy exercise, she said.

The textile industry that was vibrant in the 1970's but came to decline after market liberalisation.

This situation forced the government to sell ginneries and textile industries that were previously under public ownership and management in order to revamp the sector.

Msekalile also asked the government to locate a reliable market where traders, particularly entrepreneurs, would sell their commodities.

“We don’t have reliable places to sell our commodities. In order to be more independent economically we have chosen to produce various things, for instance, women’s decorations, tie and dye clothes but we don’t have reliable markets,” she added.

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