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Peru's gross domestic product in the late 1980s was $19.6 billion, or about $920 per capita. Although the economy remains primarily agricultural, the mining and fishing industries have become increasingly important. Peru relies primarily on the export of raw materials—chiefly minerals, farm products, and fis ....

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.... and mules, and 52 million poultry. Llamas, sheep, and vicuñas provide wool, hides, and skins. The forests covering 54 percent of Peru's land area have not been significantly exploited. Forest products include balsa lumber and balata gum, rubber, and a variety of medicinal plants. Notable among the latter is the cinchona plant, from which quinine is derived. The annual roundwood harvest in the late 1980s was 7.7 million cu m. The fishing industry is extremely important to the country's economy and accounts for a significant portion of Peru's exports. It underwent a remarkab ....

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