Definition of primary industry in English:

primary industry

Line breaks: pri|mary in|dus|try

noun

[mass noun] Economics
  • Industry, such as mining, agriculture, or forestry, that is concerned with obtaining or providing natural raw materials for conversion into commodities and products for the consumer: employment in primary industry accounts for 12 per cent of all employment in rural areas [count noun]: it is these primary industries which will decide our economic success
    More example sentences
    • At each level of production, from primary industry to finished product and marketing, approximately half the value added is due to labor.
    • Exporters also have opportunities, the best lying in elaborately transformed manufactures and the supply of inputs to export-oriented primary industries and natural resource based manufacturing.
    • All the trends are the same; declining employment in manufacturing and in primary industry; rapidly rising in private services.

More definitions of primary industry

Definition of primary industry in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little