Processing fresh coconut in Ben Tre province - Illustrative photo (Photo: VNA)
   

Ben Tre (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre aims to generate 400 million USD from exports in the second half of 2017, according to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade.

To reach the goal, the locality plans to accelerate product promotion, stabilise traditional markets and seek new trade partners, while creating a system of quality and technique regulations for exporters, producers and businesses.

The local department expects to see an increase in export quantity and earnings of several coconut products, garments and textiles as well as handbags in the rest of the year.

In the first six months, local export turnover exceeded 347 million USD, up 3.56 percent year-on-year and making up 41.82 percent of its yearly goal.

Of the sum, more than 240 million USD came from foreign-invested enterprises, while the remaining value was added by local firms, representing 69.43 percent and 30.57 percent of overall export turnover, respectively.

Some major export commodities of the locality, including dry shred coconut and coconut milk, experienced an increase in quantity with shipment of 10,266 tonnes, up 3.97 percent and 28,000 million litres, up 13.55 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, from January to June, the local garment and textile industry raked in 57 million USD, up 13.9 percent against last year -VNA