The value of Vietnam’s agroforestry and fisheries exports is estimated at 1.8 billion USD in January, a year-on-year drop of 16.3 percent, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry said staples are facing outlet difficulties and decreasing world market prices in the first month of the year.

The country’s rice exports are expected to be 400,000 tonnes worth 240 million USD, a year-on-year decrease of 25.4 percent in volume and 14.2 percent in value.

Sharing the same situation with rice are coffee and rubber. The country’s coffee exports are estimated at 170,000 tonnes for 350 million USD, year-on-year falls of 20.9 percent in volume and 15.3 percent in value. The country is expected to export 60,000 tonnes of rubber in January.

Meanwhile, world market prices of pepper and cashew nuts remained stable and the country exported 4,000 tonnes of pepper for more than 30 million USD, up 29.1 percent in value over the same period last year.

The country also shipped 370 million USD worth of seafood products in January./.