Contribution of Bangabandhu to Cotton Production in Bangladesh -The Asian Age

Dr. Md. Gazi Golam Mortuza

F ather of the Nation, and the best Bengali of thousand years, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He dreamt a hungry-free, poverty-free and prosperous Bangladesh.

He wanted the total development of agriculture and peasantry of Bangladesh.  After nine months of liberation war in 1971, we got the desired victory on December16, 1971. After the independence of the country, Bangladesh Textile Mill Corporation (BTMC) was established on March 26, 1972 under The Bangladesh Industrial Enterprises (Nationalization) Order No 27 of 1972 (President Order No 27 of 1972).

From July 1, the BTMC started formal work with 74 nationalized mills. Prior to independence, mills were operated by raw cotton of West Pakistan. After independence, textile mills were closed due to lack of raw cotton.To meet the shortage of raw cotton, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established the Cotton Development Board under the Ministry of Agriculture on December 14, 1972 to expand cotton production in the country. In addition, he gave 796 acres of land in Nekmarad area of Ranishankail upazila of Thakurgaon district to 325 families for cottoncultivation.

Currently, the Cotton Development Board is conducting research and extension work for cotton production.Due to the visionary leadership of Bangabandhu, the Cotton Development Board is working continuously to promote cotton production in the country as well as for the socio-economic development of the farmers.

The writer is Project Director Expansion of Cotton Cultivaton Project