Madaripur District

Thana & Upazila :

Kalkini | Madaripur Sadar | Rajoir | Shibchar |

Map :

Kalkini | Madaripur Sadar | Rajoir | Shibchar |

Location: Madaripur District (Dhaka division) is surrounded by Faridpur and Munshiganj districts on the north, Barisal district on the south, Shariatpur district on the east, Gopalganj district on the west. 

Area:1144 sq km

Rivers: Main rivers are Padma, Arial Khan and Kumar. 

Temperature: Average maximum 35.8?C, minimum 12.6?C. Total rainfall 2105 mm. 

Madaripur Town: It consists of  9 wards and 33 mahallas. The area of the town is 34.81 sq km. It has a population of 54867; male 50.69%, female 49.31%. The density of population is 1576 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 66.1%. 

Administration: Madaripur subdivision was established in 1854 under the district of Bakerganj. In 1873 it was separated from Bakerganj and annexed to Faridpur district. Madaripur subdivision was turned into a district in 1984. It consists of 4 upazilas, 57 union parishads, 550 mouzas, 3 municipalities, 27 wards, 85 mahallas and 1035 villages. 

Upazila:The upazilas are Madaripur Sadar , Shibchar, Rajoir and Kalkini. 

Historical Events: The most important historical event is the Farazi Movement led by Haji Shariatullah (1781-1840). During the War of Liberation many direct encounters were held between the freedom fighters and the Pakistan army. The freedom fighters of Madaripur captured 40 Pakistani soldiers including a Major and a Captain.

Archaeological heritage and relics: Aoliapur Neelkuti, Algi Kazibadi Mosque, Ram Mandir at Khalia, Senapati Dighi and the tomb of Shah Mazar. 

Newspapers and periodicals: Dainik: Subarnagram, weekly: Ariyal Khan, Shariatullah, Ishara; extinct: Weekly Janani Bangla, Madaripur Barta and Banglar Mati. 

Population: 1137008; male 50.29%, female 49.71%; Muslim 85.67%, Hindu 13.72%, others 0.61%. 

Religious institutions: Mosque 3366, temple 330, church 7, tomb 3. 

Literacy : Average literacy 32.6%; male 40%, female 24.9%. 

Educational institutions: College 17, high school 117, government primary school 437, non-government primary school 262, kindergarten school 6, primary training institute1, vocational institute 1 and madrasa 60. 

Cultural organisations: Club 139, library 18, cinema hall 10, women's organisation 70.

Main occupations: Agriculture 43.74%, agricultural labourer 24%, wage labourer 2.96%, commerce 9.93%, transport 1.31%, service 6.08%, others 11.98%. 

Land Property: Land use Total land 113298 hectares; cultivable land 86823 hectares; single crop 36.41%, double crop 46.35% and treble crop land 17.24%. 

Main Crops: Jute, paddy, peanut, onion, garlic, chilli, sugarcane, mustard, pulse and wheat. 

Main Fruits: Mango, jackfruit, banana, coconut, guava, litchi, watermelon. Poultries, dairies and fisheries Dairy 91, poultry 362, fishery 28. 

Communication: Roads pucca 163 km, semi pucca 154 km and mud road 4010 km. 

Manufucturies: Jute mill, cotton mill, rice mill, flour mill, oil mill, biscuit factory, ice factory, cold storage, saw mill, welding.

Cottage industries: Weaving, goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, bamboo and cane work, wood work, tailoring, molasses production. 

Mineral resources:  Pit coal. 

Main exports: Jute, jute-goods, date molasses, sugarcane molasses, cotton, betel nut. 

Main hats, bazars and fairs: Noted hats and bazars are Borhamganj Bazar, Utrail Hat, Khaser Hat, Jurgar Hat, Sahebrampur, Gopalpur, Kalkini, Matbarer Charer Hat, Taker Hat, Kabirajpur, Rajoir and Mustafapur, Mitapur Bazar; noted fairs: Sendea Mela (Chaitra Sankranti), Bajitpur Mela (Maghi Purnima) and Kadambari Ganesh Pagaler Mela. 

NGO Activities: NGOs are Brac. ASA, Proshika, Grameen Bank, Care,Swanirvar Bangladesh. 

Health Centres: Hospital 4, clinic 8, TB hospital 2, 1 diabetic association 1, health and family planing centre 57.