Vietnam has exported agriculture-forestry-fishery products worth 15 billion USD. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s combined agriculture-forestry-fishery export turnover reached 15.05 billion USD in the first six months of 2016, up 5.4 percent from one year ago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Of which, agriproducts contributed 7.32 billion USD, a 5.1 percent increase against the same period last year.

In terms of rice, the country exported 2.69 million tonnes to earn 1.21 billion USD, down 9.8 percent in volume and 5.9 percent in value year-on-year. Coffee exports fetched 1.71 billion USD from 985,000 tonnes while 107,000 tonnes of pepper brought home 864 million USD.

Rubber exports reached 429,000 tonnes, up 3.5 percent, but earned 12 percent less than that of the same period last year at 532 million USD due to a price loss of 15 percent.

Cashew remains a strong commodity with an increase of eight percent in price, earning the country 1.2 billion USD, up 11 percent year-on-year.

The export value of fishery products in the first half of this year amounted to 3.07 billion USD, a rise of 3.8 percent from the 2015 same period.

The United States, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea were leading importers of Vietnamese seafood with a proportion of nearly 53 percent of the total export value.

The forestry sector earned 3.33 billion USD from exports during the period, a slight yearly downturn of 0.1 percent.-VNA