Faridpur District

Thana & Upazila :

Alfadanga | Bhanga | Boalmari | Char Bhadrasan | Faridpur Sadar | Madhukhali | Nagarkanda | Sadarpur |

Map :

Alfadanga | Bhanga | Boalmari | Char Bhadrasan | Faridpur Sadar | Madhukhali | Nagarkanda | Sadarpur |

Location: Faridpur District (Dhaka division) is surrounded by Rajbari and Manikganj districts on the north, Gopalganj district on the south, Dhaka, Munshiganj and Madaripur districts on the east, Narail, Magura and Rajbari districts on the west Once upon a time the district consisted mainly of depression based marshland. But the alluvial soil of the Padma made the soil fertile. 

Area: 2072.72 sq km

Temperature: Average highest temperature 35.8?C and lowest 12.6?C; annual rainfall is 1546 mm. 

Rivers & Beel: Main rivers are Padma, Old Kumar, Arial Khan, Gorai, Chandana, Bhubanshwar and Lohartek; main depressions are Dhol Samudra, Beel Ramkeli, Shakuner Beel, Ghoradar Beel. 

Faridpur Town: It stands on both sides of the Kumar. Faridpur municipality was established in 1869. The town consists of 9 wards and 35 mahallas. The area of the town is 20.23 sq km. The population of the town is 99634; male 51.73%, female 48.27%. The density of population is 4925 per sq km. The literacy rate among the town people is 66.6%. The town has two dakbungalows. Administration Faridpur district (estd. 1815) consists of 8 upazilas, 4 municipalities, 79 union parishads, 36 wards, 92 mahallas and 1859 villages.

Upazila:The upazilas are Faridpur Sadar,Boalmari,Alfadanga, Madhukhali,,Bhanga,Nagarkanda, Char Bradrasan and Sadarpur.

Archaeological heritage: Garoda Mosque (1013 AH), Pathrail Mosque and dighi (1493-1519 AD), Satoir Mosque (1519 AD), Fatehabad Taksal (1519-32), Mathurapur Wall, Zila Judge Court building (1889 AD) and Bhanga Munsif Court Building (1889), Basudeva Mandir and Jagabandhu Angina. 

Historical events: Faridpur was named after the famous sufi saint Shah Sheikh Fariduddin. Hazi Shariatullah started his Faraizi movement in the district. Indigo was being cultivated on the banks of the rivers Garai, Madhumati, Barasia, Chandana, Kumar etc. The main kuthi (indigo headquarter) was located in Mirganj of Alfadangha upazila; and its manager was A.C. Dunlop. Like other parts of Bengal there were Indigo Resistance Movement  in this district under the leadership of Pir Dudu Mia. 

Marks of War of Liberation: Mass grave 4, mass killing site 4, memorial 2, memorial sculpture 1. 

Population: 1714496; male 50.55%, female 49.45; Muslim 88%, Hindu 11% and others 1%.

Literacy : Average literacy 37.44%; male 43.51%, female 30.76%. 

Educational institutions: University college 1, government college 7, non-government college 41, medical college 1, law college 1, technical college 1, commerce college 1, polytechnic institution 1, primary training institute 1, homeopathy college 1, river research institute 1, mentally retarded school 1, deaf and dumb school 1, government high school 6, non-government high school 228, junior high school 21, madrasa 155, government primary school 514, non-government primary school 197, kindergarten 25, high care school 1. Noted institutions: Faridpur Zila School (1840), Faridpur Ishan Institute (1891), Bhanga Pilot High School (1889), Hitoishi High School (1889), Boalmari George Academy (1911), Baishrashi Shib Sundar Academy (1914), Kalamridha Govinda High School, Karakdi Rambihari Multilateral High School (1901), Rajendra College (1918), Bakiganj Islamia Madrasa (1922), Krishnapur High School (1910).

Newspapers and periodicals:  Jagaran, Ganaman, Chashi Barta, Al Muazzen, Idaning, Dainik Thikana, Dainik Bhorer Runner, Pragotir Din, Dainik Faridpur. Extinct: Faridpur Darpan (1861), Chitrakar (1283 BS), Kohinoor (1896), Sanjay (1900), Aryakayastha (1318 BS), Faridpur Hitoishi (1329 BS), Faridpur Angina (1329 BS), Barta (1926), Muazzen (1335 BS), Siraj (1932), Langal (1932), Sheba (1350 BS), Khedmat (1373 BS), Jubashakti (1972), Weekly Bangladesh (1972), Satyajug (1975), Faridpur Barta (1979), Aakal (1979), Samasar (1980), Bangla Sangbad (1982). 

Cultural organisations: Club 479, public library 9, cinema hall 12, women's organisation 66, drama stage 3, magic 1, theatre group 30, literary society 28, community centre 10, playground 71. 

Noted cultural organisations: Faridpur Town Theatre, Ambika Hall Natya Mancha, Kalibari, Siddeswari Natyamancha (Bhanga), Farirpur Town Club, Ramakrishna Mission.

Religious Institutions: Mosque 2585, temple 415, church 4, tomb 50, sacred place 6, noted of which are Bismillah Shah Dargah, Sheikh Farid's Dargah, Majlish-e Aoulia Dargah at Pathrail Dighirpar, tomb of Shah Abdur Rahman Ganjeraj at west Kabaspur, tombs of 12 aoulias at Satoir, tomb of Shah Osman at Gerda. 

Occupatuin: Main occupations Agriculture 42.76%, fishing 1.47%, agricultural labourer 21.67%, wage labourer 2.74%, commerce 10.63%, transport 2.06%, service 7.16%, others 11.51%. 

Land Property: Cultivable land 150123 hectares, fallow land 393 hectares, forestry 1595 hectares; single crop 20.63%, double crop 62.62% and treble crop 16.75%; land under irrigation 27.54%.

Land control Among the peasants 23.54% are landless, 26.53% are small, 42.35% are intermediate and 7.58% rich. 

Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 5000 per 0.01 hectare. 

Main crops: Paddy, jute, peanut, wheat, oilseed, pulse, turmeric, onion, garlic and coriander. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Indigo, kusumphul, kaun, kalijira, china, arahar, barley, corn, tobacco, linseed, sesame, bhura, mesta, sanpat. 

Main fruits: Mango, jackfruit, black berry, palm, coconut, betel nut, kul, tetul, ata, bel, papaya, banana, guava, jamrul. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Dairy 124, poultry 376, hatchery 20, nursery 19. 

Communication facilities: Roads pucca 540 km, semi pucca 827 km, mud road 2919 km; waterways 468 nautical mile; railways 26 km.

Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart, goina nauka, bhela, dhuli, kahar. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct. 

Mill & Factory : Manufactories Noted manufactories include Faridpur Sugar Mill, Aziz Pipes, Khankhanapur Textile Mill, Karim Jute Mill, Saiyed Jute Spinning, Faridpur Cold Storage, Faridpur Jute Fibres, Aziz Jute Fibres, Sharif Jute Mill, Rokeya Rextile, BADC Cold Storage. 

Cottage industries: Nakshikantha, pottery, khejur pati, umbrella, bamboo work, goldsmith, blacksmith, wood work, sewing, welding, bakery, hand loom, fishing net making, sweet meat, date molasses.

Hats, bazars and fairs: Hats and bazars are 198, most noted of which are Kanaipur, Piaskhaki, Kanarkhali, Haziganj Bazar, Chaukighata and Bhanga. 

Fairs 24, most noted of which are Kataghar Mela, Khagshana Mela, Satoir Mela, Titur Kandhi Mela, Bhanga Mela, Sreeangan Mela, Tathkhola Mela, Kati Kalibari Mela and Jalimuddin Palli Mela. 

Main exports: Jute, onion, garlic, date molasses, palm molasses, sugarcane molasses, and pulse. 

NGO activities: NGOs are BRAC, ASA, PROSHIKA,, Palli Pragati Sahayak Samity, Ava, , Sapyagram Sahayak Parishad, SDC, DNP, World Vision of Bangladesh, Grameen Unnayan Samity. 

Health centres: Hospital 6, upazila health complex 8, health and family planning centre 77, satellite clinic 37, national heart foundation 1, diabetic association 1.