Meaning of “primary industry” in the English Dictionary

"primary industry" in Business English

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primary industrynoun

uk us 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.

(Definition of “primary industry” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)