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9M agriculture, forestry & fishery exports at $23.3bn

Released at: 09:17, 28/09/2016

9M agriculture, forestry & fishery exports at $23.3bn

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Export revenue up 6% in first nine months, led by seafood, coffee and rice.

by Do Huong

Agriculture, forestry and fishery export revenue was estimated at $2.5 billion in September, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), bringing revenue for the first nine months of the year to $23.3 billion, an increase of 6 per cent year-on-year.

Turnover in agriculture exports was estimated at $11.1 billion, up 7.2 per cent, seafood exports $4.9 billion, up 4.3 per cent, and forestry $5.1 billion, for no change year-on-year.

Rice exports totaled 396,000 tons valued at $176 million in September, bringing year-to-date exports to 3.76 million tons worth $1.69 billion, declines of 16.4 per cent and 12.5 per cent, respectively.

China continued to be Vietnam’s largest rice importer in the first nine months, with 35.5 per cent, followed by Ghana with 11 per cent and Indonesia 9.4 per cent.

Other countries continued to cut their rice imports from Vietnam, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and the Ivory Coast.

Coffee exports in September were estimated at 113,000 tons valued at $221 million, for year-to-date figures of 1.39 million tons and $2.48 billion, up 38.9 per cent and 22.1 per cent, respectively.

Pepper exports increased 31.5 per cent and 13.1 per cent year-on-year in September, to 10,000 tons worth $79 million, bringing export volumes in the first nine months to 146,000 tons worth $1.19 billion.

Seafood export value in September was estimated at $568 million and $4.93 billion in the first nine months, up 4.3 per cent year-on-year.

Export items to increase in volume and value included rubber, by 14.6 per cent and 1 per cent, tea 6.4 per cent and 0.2 per cent, and cashew nuts 4.5 per cent and 13.6 per cent.

Key export items such as wood and wooden products and cassava and cassava products fell in both volume and value.

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