At the end of the Second World War, there was only a semblance of industry in Famagusta . The population count undertaken in 1946 refers to the clothing, furniture, bakery and shoe sectors. There were also factories producing pasta, soap, bricks, ice cream and ice. In 1954 only 1082 persons were registered as actively involved in industry. In 1962, Famagusta 's industry only accounted for 4,8% of total industrial production as compared to 56% and 26% for Nicosia and Limassol respectively.
The period that followed however, was one of rapid industrial growth. Between 1962-1967 industrial production in Famagusta more than doubled and in 1972 accounted for 8,5% of total domestic production. If one adds the industrial outlets on the city's outskirts, then this number reached as much as 9,5%.
The general expansion of the economy after 1962, the priority given to industry as well as the active involvement of a number of pioneering entrepreneurs that invested important amounts of capital, all account for the small yet impressive industrial revolution that took place.
Even though to this present day, the Turkish army continues to illegally occupy Famagusta , it has not managed to shatter the spirit of the people of Famagusta . These people, who became refugees in their own country have taken with them, everywhere in Cyprus , their resolve, determination and creativity. And when the time comes, they will be ready and committed to undertake the difficult task of the reconstruction of their much beloved city.
The Famagusta Harbour
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