In the current season (2011-2019), the Cotton Development Board has set targets for cotton cultivation in 50 thousand hectares across the country. And cotton production targets have been set to 2,03,360 bale. The demand for cotton every year is increasing for the widespread expansion of the garment industry in the country. The cotton production in the country cannot be increased keeping in view the increase in cotton demand. Currently, the annual demand for cotton in the country is about 75 lakh bales.
According to Cotton Development Board sources, in the current season (2018-19), 3,500 hectares of cotton cultivation in the Jessore Zone has been set to produce 23 thousand 65 bales cotton. In Jhenaidah Zone, a target of cotton cultivation has been set to 4 thousand 6 hectares. Cotton production targets have been set to 30 thousand 314 bales. In the Rajshahi zone, cotton production targets of 18 thousand 452 bales have been set in 28 hectares of cotton. The target for cotton cultivation has been fixed at 4 thousand 6 hectares in Chuadanga zone. Cotton production targets have been set to 30 thousand 314 bales. In Bogra Zone, cotton production targets of 22 thousand 50 hectares have been set to produce 14 thousand 828 bales cotton targets.
In Kushtia zone, cotton cultivation target is set to 4 thousand 6 hectares. Cotton production targets have been set to 30 thousand 314 bales. Cotton production in cotton cultivation has been fixed at 26 hectares in Rangpur zone with a production target of 17 thousand 134 bales. Thakurgaon zone has set a target of cotton cultivation in 17 hectares. The cotton production target has been set to 11 thousand 203 bales. In Mymensingh zone, cotton cultivation target of 13 thousand 839 bales has been set in 21 hectares of cotton. The target of cotton cultivation in Dhaka zone has been fixed at 17 hundred hectares. The cotton production target has been set to 11 thousand 203 bales. Three Hill District Rangamati, In the Bandarban and Khagrachari districts, the target of cotton production of 6 thousand 921 bales have been fixed by cultivating cotton in plains of 11,50 hectares. Besides, a target of cotton cultivation of hill varieties has been fixed at 18 thousand 5 hectares in three hill districts. The production target of hill varieties has been set to 15,575 bales.
A senior source of Cotton Development Board said that last season (2017-18), hill cultivation was cultivated in 26,300 hectares of land and 16 thousand 750 hectares of the cultivated hill country. Total cotton production was 1 million 65 thousand bales.
In 1977, a new cotton cultivation began with the American Daltapaina variety cotton cultivation. Cultivation is successful. Gradually, the expansion of farming continues, especially in the south-western districts. 70 percent of the country’s cotton production is produced in Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga, Jhenaidah, Jessore and Magura districts.
Cotton Development Board Executive Director Dr. Md. Farid Uddin told the representative of Ittefaq that cultivation of cotton in less land has resulted in more production. A project of Bt variety cotton cultivation has been adopted. The trial is going on by bringing Bt variety cotton seeds from India.
Hybrid varieties are being introduced to increase production. Currently, the production of cotton bedding has increased. Earlier, there was a yield of 8-10 brains per bigha. He said that the current bigha is being produced till 15-16 months. Now cotton cultivation takes 7 months. After cutting of Aman rice, the initiative has been taken to cultivate short-term varieties of cotton in the land. Cotton cultivation has been planned in the drought-prone areas.