Rice products ​are loaded on board before being shipped abroad. (Photo: VNA)   

Hanoi (VNA) – Agro-forestry-fishery exports yielded 2.33 billion USD in January, an annual decrease of 3.1 percent.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, major farming produce shipped overseas brought home 1.16 billion USD in revenue, up 2.8 percent year on year.

Rice export saw the highest growth with 495,000 tonnes sold at 218 million USD, increasing 56.7 percent in quantity and 46 percent in value from the same period in 2015.

Likewise, overseas shipments of 24,000 tonnes of cashew earned 183 million USD, annual gains of 9 percent and 15.6 percent in quantity and value respectively.

The volume of peppercorn exports fell by 30.2 percent to an estimated 7,000 tonnes, compared to 2015. As such, its revenue was recorded at 67 million USD, down 31.5 percent year on year.

The value of exported coffee and rubber products continued to drop despite higher amount shipped abroad.

While overall export turnover of agricultural produce rose, the figures for forestry and fishery products followed the opposite trend.

Aquacultural exports were approximately 455 million USD, a decline of 8.8 percent from 2015. Forestry goods, meanwhile, recorded an export revenue of almost 520 million USD, decreasing 15.1 percent annually.

In 2015, agro-forestry-fishery export revenue amounted to 30.45 billion USD, representing a mere 0.2 percent higher than the figure for 2014.-VNA