The export of agro-forestry and fishery products grossed 4.83 billion USD in the first two months of this year, a year on year rise of 31.5 percent.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam shipped abroad 415,000 tonnes of coffee for 884 million USD, up 22.3 percent in volume and 38.1 percent in value year on year. The US and Germany remain the country’s largest coffee importers.

During the period, shipments of rice rose by 68.2 percent to 677,000 tonnes valued at 310 million USD, down 15.4 percent in value.

Pepper also contributed 169 million USD to the revenue of the country’s farm produce exports, with a total volume of 25,000 tonnes.

Rubber, tea and cashew nuts saw declines in volume but maintained fair revenue growth. The export of rubber dipped 31.5 percent to 179,000 tonnes, bagging 518 million USD, a 16.6 percent increase.

Tea raked in 33 million USD from the 21,000 tonnes exported, down 5.7 percent in volume but up 18.6 percent in value. Pakistan remains Vietnam ’s top market, buying 18.9 percent of Vietnam ’s exports. The volume and value of tea exported to the United Arab Emirates increased eightfold from last year.

Exports of cassava and its products grew substantially; over 1 million tonnes valued at 308 million USD, up 3.1 percent in volume and 55.4 percent in value.

Wood and wooden products brought home 831 million USD, and seafood 876 million USD, representing a respective rise of 36.2 percent and 11.6 percent.-VNA