Conferred NRB DAY Award 2022
For Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture
Abdul Motaleb also known as ‘Khejur Motaleb’ is the son of the late Nurul Islam of Paragaon village of Habirbari Union, a remote area of Bhaluka Upazila, Mymensingh.
To achieve economic freedom, he went to Saudi Arabia in 1998. He took a Job at a date garden which paid him BDT 10,000 equivalent monthly. During that time, he thought of growing dates in Bangladesh. After 3 years of work in Saudi Arabia, he returned to Bangladesh with date seeds in 2001 with a vision of growing dates in Bangladesh. After trying for 3 years and despite all odds, he became successful in growing Saudi dates in 2004. Now he is selling the plants and dates for over BDT 1 Crore a year. He is an example of a successful NRB entrepreneur in agriculture and became a role model for others.