Indian sericulture contributes four types of silk Mulberry, Tassar, Eri & Muga to the World of silk fabrics. Mulberry silk accounts for 90% of the total silk production in the country, thus it has assumed prominent place in the agro-industrial activities. In the context of rural development,   mulberry/sericulture served the social objectives like:

1 Providing off-farm employment.
2 Preventing migration of rural people.

Areas in search of occupational opportunities. The salient features like higher yield due to technological advancements, better returns in the domestic as well as international markets for the silk and silk products,  and scope for frequent cash accrual round the year has brought mulberry sericulture to a comparable level with other agricultural cash crops grown in the similar agro-climatic condition. Sericulture,  thus has become a highly remunerative agro based cottage industry.