Vietnam earned 5.9 billion USD from agro-forestry-seafood exports in the first quarter of this year, approximately the same as last year’s figure, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In the quarter, the country’s major agricultural products earned 3.2 billion USD, down 14 percent, aquatic products brought in 1.2 billion USD, up 9 percent, and forestry products, 922 million USD, up nearly 6 percent compared to the same period last year.

The country exported 1.3 million tonnes of rice in the period, earning 681 million USD, year-on-year decreases of 32 percent in volume and 29.5 percent in value.

Sharing the same situation with rice are rubber and coffee. Rubber export is estimated at 228,000 tonnes for 640 million USD, a year-on-year fall of 10 percent in value and coffee export reached 504,000 tonnes, earning almost 1 billion USD, down almost 12 percent in volume and 14.3 percent in value over the same period last year.

Meanwhile, tea, cashew nuts and pepper were still able to maintain growth. The country shipped 31,000 tonnes of cashew nuts, earning 222 million USD, up 6.6 percent in volume and 8.5 percent in value over the same period last year.

Tea industry also brought in 41 million USD from the sale of 29,000 tonnes, a year-on-year surge of 17 percent in value and 14.5 percent in volume.

Apart from a 22 percent drop in export to Germany, Vietnam’s seafood products were still consumed stably in other countries such Japan (up 22.9 percent), the Republic of Korea (23.8 percent) and Mexico (65.9 percent) in the period.-VNA