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Primary Sector


Figure 7. Economic Activity, 1990

Source: Based on information from Federal Republic of Germany, Statisiches Bundesant, Lšnderbericht Zypern, 1986, Wiesbaden, 1986, 9,10.

At the beginning of the 1990s, the primary sector was no longer as important as it had been. Agriculture's contribution to GDP had declined from about 20 percent at the end of the 1960s to about 7 percent at the end of the 1980s. Mining's importance had fallen so much that it was no longer significant. Forestry and fishing were also of little importance. Nevertheless, agriculture would remain a stable element in the Republic of Cyprus for both economic and social reasons. Vast irrigation projects were underway for agriculture's benefit; government programs for a continuing reform of land tenure patterns were in place; and the cooperative movement was a significant force in the banking industry.

Data as of January 1991