Processing cashew nuts for export at Nhat Huy JSC. in Binh Duong (Source: VNA)

Agricultural experts gathered on September 16 at a conference in Hanoi to seek ways to boost farm produce exports.

The event was organised by the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Director of the Institute Nguyen Do Anh Tuan pointed to the recent uncertainty of the global and regional economies as impacting domestic agricultural exports.

Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Nguyen Huu Dung stressed the need for developing new high quality products to ensure the sustainable export of agricultural products.

Dung also underscored the significance of the competitiveness of farm produce while ensuring income for stakeholders in agricultural production.

Meanwhile, Cao Xuan Thanh from the Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association (VIFORES) called for incentives for developing forests to ensure timber material supply for wooden product export and reducing reliance on imports.

Others suggested expanding markets for exporting key agricultural products like coffee, pepper, cashew nuts, wooden products and rice.

Agro-fishery-forestry export turnover in the first eight months of 2015 decreased by 4.8 percent year-on-year to 19.31 billion USD, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.-VNA