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Details of Joypurhat District

Background, Geographic Area and location: Joypurhat was formerly a sub-division of Bogra district. It became a sub-division in 1980 and was upgraded to a district in 1982. The name of the district Joypurhat was probably given by the name of Joy Paul, a Paul king whose capital was at Paharpur, a few kilometers away from the district headquarters. It is bounded on the north by Dinajpur district, on the east by Gaibandha and Bogra districts, on the south by Bogra and Naogaon districts, on the west by Naogaon and India. Joypurhat district lies between 25o 51' and 25o 17' north latitudes and between 88o 55' and 88o 17' east longitudes.The total area of the district is 1012.41sq.km.

Annual Average Temperature and Rainfall: Annual average temperature of this district varies from maximum 34.68 o c, to minimum 11.9 o c. Annual average rainfall is 1610mm.

Main Rivers: Little Jamuna, Tulshiganga and Haramati are the main rivers flowing over this district.

Administration: Joypurhat was the only subdivision of the greater Bogra district.It has been turned into district in1982. The district consists of 5 upzilas, 32 union, 719 mauzas, 896 villagues, 5 paurasavhasl, 45 wards and 120 mahallas. The upazilas are Akkelpur, Joypurhat Sadar, KalaiKhetlal and Panchbibi.

Population and other characteristics: Total population of Joipurhat district is 9,13768. Out of total population male is 4,59,284 and female is 4,54,484. The literacy rate of Joipurhat district is 57.5%, male is 61.4% and female is 53.5%.

Main crops: Aman, Boro Paddy, potato, Sugarcane, banana, jute, turmeric, mustard seed and vegetables are the main crops of this district.

Main fruits: Banana, mango, Jackfruit, black berry, litchi, guava, papaya, olive, coconut, pineapple, sofeda are grown in Joypurhat.

Industry: There are manufacturing industries like sugar mill, limestone and cement factory, coal factory, textile mill, pharmaceutical industry, rice mill, flour mill situated in this district.

Economic Situation: The economy of Joypurhat is predominantly agricultural. Out of total 229,123 holdings of the district, 64.86% household are farms that produce varieties of crops namely local and HYV rice, wheat, vegetables, jute, pulses spices, cash crops, oilseeds, maize and others. Various fruits like pineapple, banana, jackfruit, mango, guava, coconut, papaya, palm, lichi, blackberries, dates etc. are also grown in the district. Fish of different varieties are caught from rivers, tributary channels and creeks and even from paddy fields during rainy season. Besides crops, livestock and fishery are the main source of household income.