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Agro-forestry-fishery exports hit 27 billion USD in nine months

Hanoi, September 27 (VNA) - Export turnover of agro-forestry-aquatic products reached 3.04 billion USD in September, bringing the nine-month figure to nearly 27 billion USD, up 14.1 percent year-on-year. 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, export earnings from farm produce in the January-September period were estimated at 14.38 billion USD, up 17.7 percent year-on-year. 

Meanwhile, aquatic and forestry products raked in 5.91 billion USD and 5.78 billion USD, representing respective year-on-year increases of 18.1 percent and 10.6 percent. 

Vietnam exported 466,000 tonnes of rice worth 210 million USD in September, raising the nine-month volume and value to 4.57 million tonnes and 2.02 billion USD, up 20.8 percent and 18.6 percent, respectively. China remained the biggest importer of rice from Vietnam, accounting for 38.8 percent. 

The country earned 201 million USD from shipping abroad 86,000 tonnes of coffee in September. The nine-month volume and value were 1.11 million tonnes and 2.54 billion USD, down 20.7 percent in volume but up 1 percent in value. 

Rubber exports hit 174,000 tonnes worth 279 million USD in September, raising the nine-month figures to 979,000 tonnes and 1.66 billion USD, up 13.3 percent and 52.7 percent year on year, respectively. 

The shipment of cashew nuts surged to 32,000 tonnes, worth 320 million USD in September. The total volume shipped abroad in the first nine months reached 257,000 tonnes worth 2.55 billion USD, falling 0.2 percent in volume, yet gaining 25 percent in value from the same period of 2016. 

Tea exports were estimated at 103,000 tonnes with a value of 165 million USD in the reviewed period, up 12.6 percent and 11.9 percent, respectively. 

Vietnam shipped 2.64 billion USD worth of vegetables and fruits in the first nine months of 2017, up 44.2 percent year on year. China, Japan, the US and the Republic of Korea were the four leading importers of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits, accounting for a combined total of 85 percent of the export value. 

Pepper exports were estimated at 181,000 tonnes in nine months, bringing home 966 million USD. The figures represented a 23 percent rise in volume but a 19 percent drop in value. 

The ministry also reported that Vietnam spent 21.15 billion USD on importing agro-forestry-aquatic products, up 19 percent from the same period last year.