Vietnam’s agriculture, aquaculture and forestry exports reached US$12 billion during the first half of this year, a year-on-year increase of 38.7 per cent, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. During that period, agricultural products accounted for the largest proportion of total farm export turnover, with approximately $7 billion worth of goods, marking a 1.5 fold-increase over the same period last year.
Exports of key items such as coffee and rubber experienced significant growth in both value and volume.
The country exported 913,000 tonnes of coffee in six months, earning a turnover of around $2 billion, representing annual rises of 200 per cent in value and 38.6 per cent in volume.
Meanwhile, rubber exports earned $1.2 billion, up over 80 per cent year-on-year thanks to higher global prices and increasing demand in most of the country’s major rubber importers.
Despite encouraging export results, the ministry still called for enterprises to make further investment in upgrading equipment and storage technology and product processing as a way to improve the quality of goods and better comply with the international food safety standards.