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Hanoi (VNA) – Imports of fruits and vegetables reached 420.74 million USD in the first eight months of this year, a year on year increase of 37 percent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Thailand surpassed China to become the biggest fruit, vegetable exporter to Vietnam, with nearly 38.7 percent of total import value.

The buying of fruits and vegetables from Thailand in the first seven months hit 163 million USD, an increase of more than 70 percent compared to the same period last year.

Import value of agricultural products from China reached 102.52 million USD, up nearly 30 percent, accounting for 24.4 percent of total import value.

The purchase of fruits and vegetables from the US reached 41.2 million USD, Australia 24.6 million USD, Myanmar 18.5 million USD, New Zealand 13.8 million USD, and South Africa 7.6 million USD.-VNA