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Vietnam’s combined agriculture-forestry-fishery export turnover reached $15.05 billion US dollars in the first six months of 2016, up 5.4% from one year ago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Of which, agri-product contributed US$7.32 billion, a 5.1% increase against the same period last year. 

In terms of rice, the country exported 2.69 million tonnes to earn US$1.21 billion, down 9.8% in volume and 5.9% in value year-on-year. Coffee exports fetched US$1.71 billion from 985,000 tonnes while 107,000 tonnes of pepper brought home US$864 million. 

Rubber exports reached 429,000 tonnes, up 3.5%, but earned 12% less than that of the same period last year at US$532 million due to a price loss of 15%. 

Cashew remains a strong commodity with an increase of eight% in price, earning the country US$1.2 billion, up 11% year-on-year. 

The export value of fishery products in the first half of this year amounted to US$3.07 billion, a rise of 3.8% from the 2015 same period. 

The United States, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea were leading importers of Vietnamese seafood with a proportion of nearly 53% of the total export value. 

The forestry sector earned US$3.33 billion from exports during the period, a slight yearly downturn of 0.1%.

VNA - Posted on VCCCI.net