Sharsha Upazila (Jessore district) with an area of 336.34 sq km, is surrounded by West Bengal of India and Chaughacha upazila on the north, Kalaroa upazila on the south, Jhikarghacha upazila on the east, West Bengal of India on the west.
Main rivers are Betua, Kobadak, Ichamati; Banmandar Beel is notable.
Sharsha (Town) consists of one mouza. The area of the town is 3.08 sq km. The town has a population of 3434; male 54.19%, female 45.81%. Literacy rate among the town people is 52.6%. The town has one dakbungalow.
Administration Sharsha thana was established in 1910 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. It consists of 11 union parishads, 135 mouzas and 172 villages. Historical events During the War of Liberation 12 freedom fighters were killed in an encounter with the Pak army at Kagajpukur near the Benapol Border. The Pak army plundered three nearby villages.
Marks of the War of Liberation Memorial 2.
Population 258789; male 51%, female 49%; Muslim 97.02%, Hindu 2.85% and others 0.13%.
Literacy Average literacy 25.5%; male 32.6% and female 17.9%.
Religious institutions Mosque 136, temple 7, church 2.
Cultural organisations Club 25, cinema hall 3, public library 1, opera party 4, women's organisation 1 and playground 48.
Locally published newspapers and periodicals Benapol Barta (extinct).
Main occupations Agriculture 45.37%, agricultural labourer 27.73%, wage labourer 2.10%, commerce 10.19%, service 2.83%, transport 2% and others 9.78%.
Land use Cultivable land 33635. 26 hectares, fallow land 131.89 hectares; single crop 45%, double crop 20% and treble crop land 35%; cultivable land under irrigation 70%.
Land control Among the peasants, 24% are landless, 35% small, 28% intermediate and 13% rich; land per head 0.15 hectare.
Value of land Market value of land of the first grade is approximately 7000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, wheat, jute, sesame, mustard. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, indigo, maskalai and teura.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, kul, coconut, amra.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 72 km, semi pucca 120 km and mud road 1200 km; railways 35 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage (nearly extinct), boat.
Manufactories Comb and button factory 1, rice mill 121, flour mill 18, ice factory 7, steel factory 4, cotton mill 6, biscuit factory 2, printing press 8.
Cottage industries Weaving, goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, wood work, tailoring and welding.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 19, fair 2, most noted of which are Navaran, Benapol, Bag Axhra, Ulashi, Laskhanpur.
Main exports Date molasses.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, ASA, Mahila Sangha.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, health and family planning centre 11