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primary industry

noun
 
 
ECONOMICS, PRODUCTION
[C] an important or the most important industry in a country or area: The state's primary industry is tourism.
[C or U] an industry that produces energy or basic materials, such as coal, oil, metals, crops, etc., or these industries considered as a group: Developing countries often have a higher proportion of their workforce involved in primary industries than developed countries. → See also primary sector → Compare secondary industry, tertiary industry
(Definition of primary industry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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