(CPV) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that 2011 exports of agricultural, forestry and aquatic products were valued at USD 2.2 billion, raising the figure for the first four months of 2011 to USD 8 billion, a year-on-year increase of 43 percent.
Since early this year, export turnover of major agricultural products has reached an estimated USD 5 billion, a 65 percent rise, in which seafood export turnover hit USD 1.6 billion, a more than 29 percent rise.
Rice took the lead in the export volume in the first fourth months. The country exported 2.8 million tonnes of rice, valued at USD 1.4 billion, marking a 30 percent increase in volume and a 22.7 percent increase in value.
Coffee ranked second with 675,000 tonnes exported since early this year worth USD 1.4 billion, a 45 percent rise in volume and a twofold rise in value. Export growth was recorded in almost all markets, in which the US was the largest coffee importer of Vietnam with 12.3% of market share.
Rubber gained a large export volume in four months with 204,000 tonnes worth USD 897 million. Average prices of rubber for exports reached USD 4,391 a tonne, USD 1,751 higher than average prices last year.
In the first fourth months of 2011, export turnover of forestry and wooden products hit USD 1.2 billion, in which exports of wood and wooden products rose 52 percent.