The Government of Bangladesh has trained over 60,000 farmers in modern cotton cultivation, said Begum Matia Chowdhury, agriculture minister of the country while replying to a query in Jatiya Sangsad. She also said that the government has set up 3,050 demonstrations plot for a project which has been initiated to increase cotton production.
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 crore.
Cotton is the essential raw material used in the textile industry of Bangladesh and needs to be imported from other countries to fulfil its demands, said a Bangladeshi news agency quoting Chowdhury.
There are around 5,000 garment factories in Bangladesh and over 450 spinning mills. The country aims to export readymade garments worth $50 billion by 2021. (KD)