Shibganj Upazila (Bogra District)
Shibganj Upazila (bogra district) area 314.92 sq km, located in between 24°55' and 25°07' north latitudes and in between 89°11' and 89°28' east longitudes. It is bounded by gobindaganj (gaibandha) upazila on the north, bogra sadar, kahaloo and dupchanchia upazilas on the south, sonatola and gabtali upazilas on the east, kalai and khetlal upazilas on the west.
Population Total 378700; male 190376, female 188324; Muslim 361614, Hindu 16811, Buddhist 2, Christian 73 and others 200.
Administration Shibganj Upazila was formed on 24 March 1983.
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Source Bangladesh Population Census 2011, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
War of Liberation On 4 April 1971 the Pak army brutally killed 16 persons of the same family at Maidanhata. One freedom fighter was killed in a frontal encounter with the Pak army at village Panch Pir Saralpur.
For details: see শিবগঞ্জ উপজেলা, বাংলাদেশ মুক্তিযুদ্ধ জ্ঞানকোষ (Encyclopedia of Bangladesh War of Liberation), বাংলাদেশ এশিয়াটিক সোসাইটি, ঢাকা ২০২০, খণ্ড ৯।
Religious institutions Mosque 591, temple 30, tomb 2, sacred place 1. Noted religious institutions: Mahasthan Mazar Jami Mosque, Bihar Hat Jami Mosque, Shibganj Chowdhury Bari Jami Mosque, tomb of Hazrat Shah Sultan Balkhi Mahisawar (R), Deuli Chaki Bari Kartoni Puja Mandir.
Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 44.1%; male 47.9%, female 40.2%. Educational institutions: college 7, technical and business management college 5, secondary school 37, primary school 163, madrasa 35. Noted educational institutions: Shibganj Pilot High School (1931).
Newspapers and periodicals Periodical: Sonali Upohar; irregular: Vor Holo Dor Kholo; defunct: Nagar.
Cultural organisations Library 3, club 73, women's organisation 1, cinema hall 5, playground 32.
Tourists spots Mahasthan Garh Museum.
Main sources of income Agriculture 55.47%, non-agricultural labourer 2.92%, industry 2.21%, commerce 12.74%, transport and communication 3.01%, service 11.39%, construction 1.67%, religious service 0.22%, rent and remittance 2.55% and others 7.82%.
Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 59.9%, landless 40.1.'
Main crops Paddy, wheat, maize, potato, ginger, betel leaf, jute, sugarcane, turmeric, vegetables.
Extinct or nearly extinct crops Pulse, gram, sesame, kaun, arahar, linseed.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, litchi, banana, papaya, guava, futi, coconut, palm, wood apple, shaddock.
Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 36, poultry 61.
Communication facilities Pucca road 232 km, semi-pucca road 11 km, mud road 367 km.
Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart, soari.
Noted manufactories Cold storage 7, welding factory 15.
Cottage industries Goldsmith 30, blacksmith 40, potteries 80, weaving 294, wood work 150, bamboo work 70, tailoring 450.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 55, fairs 5, most noted of which are Mokamtala Hat, Mahasthan Hat, Chandihara Hat, Shibganj Hat, Shihali Hat, Kichak Hat, Gangnagar Mela, Shiladevir Ghater Mela, Shesh Baishakhi Mela at Mahasthan and Bariarhat Mela.
Main exports Banana, potato, paddy, turmeric, wheat, vegetables.
Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 45.8% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.
Sources of drinking water Tube-well 95.8%, tap 1.1% and others 3.1%. The presence of arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of the upazila.
Sanitation 46.0% of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 30.4% of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 23.6% of households do not have latrine facilities.
Health centres Upazila health centre 1, hospital 1, health and family planning centre 8, charitable dispensary 5, community clinic 48, clinic 2, veterinary hospital 1, satellite clinic 1, union health centre 11.
References Bangladesh Population Census 2001 and 2011, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Cultural survey report of Shibganj Upazila 2007.