Our country Bangladesh has a glorious tradition in many kind of Cotton and Textile productions. In medieval age Bengal was famous for production of `Muslin / Moslin’ the finest quality cotton fabric in the world. Cotton required of producing muslin which was grown on high lands around Dhaka, where most of the muslin hand looms were located. However, the production and trading of Muslin gradually declined during the British rule ultimately resulting to closure of the industry by early nineteenth century.
I am giving you little information’s about the Cotton Development Board of the Bangladesh Government. During Pakistani rule, there had been limited efforts to produce cotton in this part of the country. Before independence, raw cotton requirement of local textile industry was met from the then West Pakistan. Importance of local production of cotton was felt after the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, when the supply of raw cotton was suspended from Pakistan. Our textile industry faced serious problems for non-supply of raw cotton.
In these circumstances, Cotton Development Board (CDB) was established under the Ministry of Agriculture in 1972 to promote cotton production in the country. CDB started functioning in 1974-75 and started growing American Upland Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) on experimental basis. Extensive program of Upland Cotton production was taken up in 1976-77 with the introduction of new variety from the USA. The responsibility of cotton research was transferred from Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) to Cotton Development Board (CDB) in 1991.
The cultivation of cotton (Gossypium Spp.) and its manufactures into textile has been practiced in the region since prehistoric time. The finest cotton fabric- Moslin / Muslin once produced in medieval Bengal was famous throughout the world. Since the establishment of CDB, two types of cotton- namely the American upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) and Hill cotton (Gossypium arboreum) have been growing in Bangladesh.
From the Web Master of the web portal of CDB:
This web portal of CDB is one of the initiatives to implement the Vision 2021 of the present government for a Digital Bangladesh and will help to disseminate the cotton production technologies and information inside and outside of the country.
It will be helpful for the cotton farmers, farmer association, private ginners, Extension and Research officer/staff of CDB, Ministry of Agriculture and other concerned Ministries, policy makers, Research Organization, Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, different Universities, students, print and electronic media, International Cotton Organizations and other related groups and Organization/ Institutions etc. to acquire knowledge about cotton production technologies and it’s research. As a result cotton production will be increased in the country. We hope this website will make worth to your efforts and agricultural development in Bangladesh.
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