India is agriculture based country and majority of population inhabiting in rural areas totally depends on
agriculture. There are many agro-allied sectors which provide ample opportunities to farmers. The sericulture is also one of them which is lucrative and have great potential. The present global scenario clearly indicates enormous opportunities for the Indian Silk Industry. Sericulture is one of the most labor intensive sectors, combining activities of both agriculture (sericulture) and industry. In Maharashtra State Aurangabad district is one of the leading districts in sericulture. The sericulture is an important means for generating employment, income enhancement crop enterprises and is a most appropriate household activity. In all these activities, women have shown their mettle and performed their tasks most skillfully. The present study deals with the sericulture activities undertaken by the farmers in the different Tahsils of Aurangabad and how their participation has led to community development and economic empowerment is discussed in detail from Aurangabad District of Marathwada region, Maharashtra state, India.
Key words: Sericulture, Farmers, participation, silk industry, economic empowerment, Aurangabad district.
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