Bangladesh Government has set up 3,050 demonstrations plot for a project which has been initiated to increase cotton production for which they have provided training to over 60,000 farmers in modern cotton cultivation, said Begum Matia Chowdhury, Agriculture Ministry of the country. Chowdhury also added that the government has initiated multiple programmes and projects such as Expansion of Cotton Cultivation Project (Phase-1) which was undertaken in financial year 2014-15 at an investment of Taka 105 cr.
In Bangladesh, there are around 5,000 garment factories and over 450 spinning mills. The country aims to export readymade garments worth $50 bn by 2021. Chowdhury further added that cotton is the essential raw material used in the textile industry of Bangladesh, to fulfill its demand they needs to import from other countries.
To replace Indian cotton import, Bangladesh should cultivation cotton within country. Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dinajpur region can be utilise for its cultivation. If requires, jute cultivation should be lowered and replaced by rice cultivation and some rice areas in North-West should be brought under cotton cultivation.