Shariatpur District

Thana & Upazila :

Bhedarganj | Damudya | Gosairhat | Naria | Shariatpur Sadar | Zanjira |

Map :

Bhedarganj | Damudya | Gosairhat | Naria | Shariatpur Sadar | Zanjira |

Location: Shariatpur District (Dhaka division) is surrounded by Munishiganj district on the north, Barisal district on the south, Cahandpur district on the east, Madaripur district on the west. 

Area: 1181.53 sq km

Temperature:  Annual average temperature: highest 35.8?C and lowest 12.6?C; annual rainfall 2105 mm. 

Rivers: Main rivers are Padma, Meghna, Palong and Kirtinasha. 

Shariatpur (Town):It is a municipal town, consists of 9 wards and 26 mahallas. The area of the town is 25.5 sq km. The town has a population of 42154; male 51.55%, female 48.45%. The density of population is 1653 per sq km. 

Administration: Shariatpur district was established on 1 March 1984. It consists of 6 upazilas, 5 municipalities, 64 union parishads, 45 wards, 93 mahallas, 1230 villages and 607 mouzas. 

Upazila:The upazilas are Bhedarganj, Dhamudya,Gosaiarhat,Naria ,Shariatpur Sadar and Zanjira . 

Archaeological haritage: South Baluchara Mosque, Bilaskhan Mosque (Mughal period), Fatehjongpur Fort, Kedarbari at Kedarpur, Haturia and Kartikpur zamindarbaris, Mohishar dighi (pond) and Burirhat Mosque. 

Mark of the War of Liberation: Mass grave 2 (Mahisha and 'Digambari' Mayerr Bari). Religious institution Mosque 1963, temple 57, tomb 3, Darbar Sharif 9. 

Population: 1057181; male 49.58%, female 50.42%; Muslim 95.54%, Hindu 4.30% and others 0.16%. 

Literacy: Average literacy 24.4%; male 30.3% and female 18.4%. 

Educational institutions: government college 2, non-government college 16, government high school 1, non-government high school 80, government primary school 396, non-government high school 121, madrasa 60, NGO operated schools 28, satellite school 40, community school 40, kindergarten 2, non-government medical college 1.

Newspapers and periodicals: Daily Hunker, Weekly Mukta Kantha, Weekly Shetu and Weekly Saptapalli Samachar; extinct: Chikundi Barta, Shariatpur Barta, Rudra Kantha, Jabanbondi. Cultural organisations Cinema hall 10, public library 3, club 125, drama club 2, women's organisation 3, literary organisation 3. 

Main occupations: Agriculture 46.53%, agricultural labourer 23.22%, fishing 1.29%, wage labourer 3.19%, commerce 9.55%, service 4.95%, others 11.27%. 

Land Property: Land use Cultivable land 83805 hectares; single crop 22.24%, double crop 50.12% and treble crop land 27.64%. 

Land control Among the peasants, 22% are landless, 29% marginal, 28% small, 17% intermediary, 4% rich. 

Value of land The market value of first grade agricultural land is Tk 7000 per 0.01 hectare. 

Main crops: Paddy, jute, wheat, sweet potato, onion, garlic, tomato. Extinct and nearly extinct crops Sesame, kaun, arahar and sanpat. 

Main fruits: Blackberry, mango, banana and wood apple. Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 32, poultry 1453, dairy 56.

Communication facilities: Roads pucca 174.09 km, semi pucca 99.64 km and mud road 2066.43 km; waterways 49 nautical mile. 

Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage (nearly extinct), boat. 

Manufactories: Ice factory 13, saw mill 35, shoe factory 4, oil mill 6, rice mill 164, bidi factory 9. 

Cottage industries: Weaving 88, goldsmith 341, blacksmith 324, potteries 90, tailoring 425, welding 47. 

Hats, bazars and fairs: Hats and bazars are 88, fair 12, most noted of which are Kazir hat, Bojeshwar bazar, Naria bazar, Haturia hat, Sakhipur, Palong and Angaria bazar. 

Main exports: Jute, onion, garlic, tomato. 

NGO activities: Grameen Unnayan Sangstha, SDS, Madaripur Mahila Unnayan Sangstha, Brac,Proshika, Grameen Bank, GUP, Madaripur Lagal Aid Association. 

Health centres: Government hospital 1, upazila health complex 6, union health and family planning centre 33, charitable dispensary 5, maternity and child care centre 3.