Batiaghata Upazila (Khulna district) with an area of 248.33 sq km, is surrounded by Kotwali (Khulna), Dumuria and Rupsa upazilas and Sonadanga thana on the north, Dumuria upazila and Paikghacha upazila on the west, Dacope, Paikgachha and Rampal upazilas on the south, Rampal, Fakirhat and Rupsa upazilas on the east.
The main rivers are Kazibachha, Shoilmari, Salta, Jhopjhopia, Pasur,Sibsa Rupsa and Nalua.
Batiaghata (Town) is situated on the banks of the river Kazibachha, 10 km. south from Khulna city and on the west of Khulna-Chalna road. It consists of 2 mouzas. It has an area of 8.3 sq km. The town has a population of 6224; male 52.06%, female 47.94%; density of population is 1750 per sq km.
Administration Batiaghata thana was established in 1863 and was turned into an upazila in 1984. The upazila consists of 7 union parisads, 158 mouzas and 121 villages.
Historical events During the War of liberation the Pak army killed three innocent persons at village Badamtoli Upazila Sadar. A direct encounter was held when the Pakistani Army attacked the Muktijoddha Camp at Jalsa High School in which one local person was killed. On 29 November 1971, another battle was fought at Baroaria Bazar between the Mukti Bahini and the Razakar Bahini in which two freedom fighters were killed.
Marks of War of Liberation Mass grave 1 (Gollamari); monument 1 (Gollamari).
Population 128184; male 51.07%, female 48.93%; Muslim 50.91%, Hindu 49.03%, others 0.06%.
Religious institutions Mosque 116, Temple 82,
Church 1, tomb 1. Most noted religious institutions are Buro
Maulavir Dargah (Mohammad Nagar), and Jalsa Radhagovinda Mandir
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 37.7%; male 46%, female 29%.
Educational institutions: university 1, college 4, secondary school 26, government primary school 67, non-government primary school 44, madrasa 4. Most noted educational institutions are Khulna University, Batiaghata College (1973), Chakrakhali Secondary School (1957), Boyarbhanga Biswambar Secondary School (1945), Batiaghata Headquarter Government Primary School (1973).
Cultural organisations Club 20, public library 2, women's organisation 1.
Newspapers and periodicals Monthly Upazila Darpan (extinct periodical).
Main occupations Agriculture 42.94%, fishing 1.64%, agricultural labourer 19.67%, wage labourer 6.35%, commerce 10.53%, transport 2.22%, construction 1.06%, service 4.85%, others 10.74%.
Land use Total cultivation land 18494.53 hectares, fallow land 60.70 hectares; single crop 87.74%, double crop 11.27%, treble crop 0.99%. Average distribution of cultivable land is per head 0.15 hectares.
Land control Among the peasants 32% are landless, 30% small, 25% intermediate and 13% rich.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is around Tk 5000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, sesame, oil seed, onion, and garlic. Extinct and nearly extinct crops Jute.
Main fruits Coconut, betel nut, mango.
Fisheries, dairies, poultries Fishery 644, shrimp gher 501 (golda), bagda shrimp gher 143, dairy 19, hatchery 1, poultry 48.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 37 km, semi pucca 42 km and mud road 254 km; waterways 194 nautical miles, embankment 63 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage and bullock cart (nearly extinct), boat. Manufactories Rice mill 47, ice factory 3, saw mil 8.
Cottage industries Handloom 5, iron smith 14, potteries 76, goldsmith 20.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 26, most noted of which are Hatbari, Baroaria and Kaiya Hat.
Main exports Prawn (both galda and bagda).
NGO activities Brac, Gonoshahajjo Sangstha, Rupantar, CSS, World Vision, Bishwa Muktibani Sangstha.
Health centres Hospital 1, satellite clinic 2, family planning clinic 6, and veterinary hospital 1.