Agro-forestry and fishery exports decreased slightly by 0.1 per cent to US$8 billion in the first four months of this year when compared to the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
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|Food is processed for exports at the Thong Thuan Seafood Company in the central province of Ninh Thuan. Seafood exports have reached a growth rate of 16.4 per cent, despite a slight decrease in the country's exports in the first four months of this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam |
In April alone, export turnover had reached $2.1 billion, the ministry said.
The director of the ministry's Statistics and Information Centre, Nguyen Viet Chien, said the slight decline was a result of the economic slowdown, especially in the European Union, a major trading partner for Vietnamese companies.
During the first four months of the year, export revenue for agricultural products was at $4.6 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 6.6 per cent. Meanwhile, fisheries have brought the country $1.9 billion in revenue, up by 16.4 per cent, and forestry products have earned $1.5 billion, up by 23.8 per cent in comparison with the same period last year.
Viet Nam exported about 2 million tonnes of rice , worth $989 million in the first four months.
Indonesia, mainland China and Malaysia remain as Viet Nam's largest rice buyers, with rice exports to mainland China and Malaysia seeing strong increases in volumes.
Other markets seeing promising growth for Vietnamese exports are Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The country also exported 258,000 tonnes of rubber, with revenue of $754 million. The figure also represents a 30.4 per cent rise in volume and a 12.9 per cent fall in value.
Chien said that as China was the biggest importer of Vietnamese rubber, when the country stopped buying rubber earlier this year, rubber prices dropped sharply.
During the first four months, the average price was about $3,000 per tonne, down by 33.4 per cent over the same period last year.
However, Chien said rubber imports would pick up again as demand on the world market was forecast to rise in the coming time.
Coffee shares saw the same situation with export volumes declining by 5.6 per cent to 660,000 tonnes. Value was also down by 6.5 per cent to $1.4 billion.
"The eurozone crisis has strongly affected Vietnamese coffee exports so that the price will continue to fall in the coming time," Chien predicted.
Meanwhile, seafood and forestry exports are overcoming challenges to reach a growth rate of 16.4 per cent and 23.8 per cent respectively in the first four months.
Seafood exports to major markets, including the US, Japan and South Korea, have continued maintaining high growth rates.
These markets are also the destination of wood and wood-based products. In four months, Viet Nam earned $69 million from these exports, an increase of 6.6 per cent over the same period last year.
To boost agro-forestry and aquaculture products, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development urged companies to widen their business promotion programmes in order to find new markets.
Also, the ministry will focus on developing three key products including aquaculture, livestock breeding and forestry. Accordingly, the ministry will find out and develop high-value tree plantations. — VNS