Official announcement likely before March 17
It is just a matter of time for Bangladesh to have its name under Guinness World Records by creating a large crop-field portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The landmark achievement was hinted by two representatives of the global record platform, upon their inspection of the portrait in the Balenda village under Sherpur upazila Bogra on Tuesday.
They said the largest “crop-field mosaic” using the portrait of Bangabandhu titled “Shasyachitre Bangabandhu” has already broken previous records and fulfilled the conditions set.
But the official announcement may come by March 17, which also marks the 101st birth anniversary of the founder of Bangladesh.
The 400-metre long and 300-metre wide crop field mosaic, which covers an area of 1,20,00 square metres or 1.292 million square feet, will be the world’s largest portrait on 100 bighas or over 20 acres of crop field canvas after China with an area of 855,786 square feet, according to the latest Guinness World record.
Bangabandhu’s face is illustrated by cultivating golden and violet-coloured paddies on the vast areas of the field.
The representatives – former vice-chancellor of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Professor Kamal Uddin Ahmed and Bangladesh Agricultural University Emdadul Haque Chowdhury—during the visit expressed their satisfaction with the portrait.
Awami League leader AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Bogra-5 lawmaker Habibur Rahman, among others, were present there.
Under the initiative of Shasyachitre Bangabandhu Jatiya Parishad, the project was implemented by an agricultural company called National Agricare Group.
Project Manager Asaduzzaman said some 120-130 women and 15-20 men were employed for the portrait between February 1 and 16.
“We have taken lease of the land for seven months, which will be returned to the owners in May after the harvest season,” he said.