Barguna Sadar Upazila (Barguna district) with an area of 454.39 sq km, is surrounded by Betagi, Mirzaganj and Patuakhali Sadar sadar upazilas on the north, the Bishkhali river and patharghata and bamna upazilas on the west, the burishwar river and amtali upazila on the east and the bay of bengal on the south.
Barguna (Town) The town is a municipality
(estd. 1973) with an area of 15.57 sq km and population 26484; male
53.89%, female 46.11%. It has 9 wards and 18 mahallas. Literacy rate
among the town people is 56.6%. The town has three dakbungalows.
Administration Barguna Sadar thana was turned into an upazila in 1982. The upazila consists of one municipality, 13 union parishads, 62 mouzas and 189 villages. Historical events During the war of liberation the Pak army killed a number of innocent persons in the out lying area of the Barguna Town. Before they finally withdrew from Barguna in December the Pak army killed a few freedom fighters.
Marks of War of Liberation Mass grave near the District Jail.
Population 219729; male 50.70%, female 49.30%; Muslim 92.13%, Hindu 7.80% and Buddhist 0.07%.
Religious institutions Mosque 590 and temple 1.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 37.8%; male 42.9%, female 32.6%.
Educational institutions: college 2, madrasa 38, high school 48, government primary school 109, non-government primary school 94, satellite school 2.Locally published newspapers and periodicals Dainik Dipanchal and Dainik Saikat.
Cultural organisations Public library 1, cinema hall 2 and mosque-based library organised by the Islamic Foundation 40.
Main occupations Agriculture 45.68%, fishing 3.89%, agricultural labourer 14.07%, wage labourer 4.83%, commerce 12.72%, transport 1.82%, construction 1.84%, service 5.92%, others 9.23%.
Land use Cultivable land 38378 hectares, fallow land 12054 hectares; single crop 26.6%, double crop 42.06% and treble crop land 31.34%.
Land control Among the peasants 36% are landless, 27% small, 27% medium and 10% rich.
Value of land The market value of the first grade land is about Tk. 5000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy and pulse and vegetables.Extinct and nearly extinct crops Sweet potato, tobacco, sesame and mustard.
Main fruits Jackfruit, banana, papaya, pineapple and palm. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Dairy 4, poultry 25, fishery 20, hatchery 1.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 60 km, semi pucca 25 km and mud road 205 km; navigable river route about 39 nautical miles.
Traditional transport palanquin (extinct) and country boat.
Manufactures Saw mill 20, ice factory 10, rice mill 10;
Cottage industries Goldsmith 70, blacksmith 20, wood work 200, tailoring 150.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total hats and bazars are 16, most noted of which are Gaurchinna, Babuganj and Chandkhali; Barguna Baishakhi Mela is notable.
Main exports Palm molasses, Hilsa fish.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are CARE, BRAC, ASA,Grameen Bank, Sankalpa and Sangram.
Health centres Hospital 1, upazila health complex 1, health and family welfare centre 10, satellite clinic 1.