"Agrarian" means "concerning fields and farming", it comes from the same root as "agriculture". The phrase "agrarian society" describes societies that are organized around farming as the central activity. Modern states like New Zealand may have farming as the major industry. However the lives of non-farmers are not organized around farming, and agriculture is important as one business among others.
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