Sericulture is a labour intensive agro - industry ideally suited to all developing countries in the tropical belt where unemployment or under employment is a serious problem. It rightly fits into the socio – economic structure of the rural areas and can serve as an effective tool for rural reconstruction benefiting the weaker sections of the society. The most important consideration is the effective utilization of family labour, particularly the aged, handicapped, illiterate and womenfolk. In India, mulberry sericulture is being practiced in both tropical as well as subtropical zones, and of late has become the most important rural industry due to certain inherent advantages. During the year 1991 the world raw silk production was about 72,897 tonnes of which, India shares 11,487 tonnes (Silkman's companion, 1992). India now ranks second biggest producer of mulberry silk after China, and is providing employment to nearly six million people, especially in rural areas, directly or indirectly in its various phases of mulberry cultivation, cocoon production, seed production, rawsilk production and weaving. Out of 4005 man days of employment opportunity in sericulture activities, 2116 man days (5.3%) are of light nature, fit for women folk. Silk is mostly consumed by the affluent class and the value is distributed among the farmers, reelers, twisters weavers and traders; the major share goes to the cocoon grower (54.6%).