Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) Project Director Mohiuddin Ahmed revealed this information
Bangladesh's handloom sector continues to face setbacks as between 2003 to 2018, 67,506 handloom units were closed due to a lack of skilled manpower and technical and financial support.
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) Project Director Mohiuddin Ahmed revealed this information on Tuesday while publishing the "3rd Handloom Census 2018" study, conducted by BBS, at the bureaus' conference hall.
Mohiuddin said the main objective of the census was to gather a recent statistical picture of the handloom industry in Bangladesh.
"In 1999, the total number of handloom units was 212,421, and 183,512 units in 2003. The number further decreased to 116,006 units in 2018,” he informed.
Speaking as the chief guest at the event, Planning Minister MA Mannan said the present government had prioritized generating high quality official statistics for evidence-based policy and planning.
“This report will help the Bangladesh Handloom Board figure out why this traditional and famous handloom sector has dwindled over time and take necessary initiatives to revive it," he added.
Statistics and Information Management Department Secretary Sourendra Nath Chakraborty also said that this report would play a significant role in boosting the sector.
Dr Krishna Gayen, director general of BBS, presided over the event.