The export turnover of Vietnamese agro-forestry-fishery products is estimated to reach 2.61 billion USD in April and total 9.13 billion USD in the first four months of 2015.

The total figure represented a year-on-year reduction of 6 percent, but showed positive signs compared with the 13.2 percent decrease in the first quarter, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The export of main farm produce brought home 4.47 billion USD, also down 6 percent against the same period last year.

Cashew nuts recorded rises in both volume and value. During the period, Vietnam earned 635 million USD from selling 85,000 tonnes of cashew products, up 36.3 percent in value and 14.1 percent in volume from the same period last year.

Meanwhile, tea and pepper saw decreases in export volume but increases in value. The country exported 33,000 tonnes of tea and 56,000 tonnes of pepper for 54 million USD and 513 million USD, respectively.

Coffee continued to record high drops in both volume and value. During January-April, Vietnam shipped abroad an estimate of 466,000 tonnes of coffee for 970 million USD, down 41 percent in volume and 39.3 percent in value. Germany and the US remain Vietnam’s two biggest coffee importers, accounting for 18 percent and 12.5 percent of the total.

In the period, an estimate of 1.95 million tonnes of rice was sold to other countries for 849 million USD, down 4.8 percent in volume and 9.2 percent in value. China continues to be the largest importer of Vietnamese rice, making up 27.3 percent of the market share.

The export turnover of seafood reached 1.87 billion USD, a fall of 16.4 percent from the same period of 2014. The US remains Vietnam’s biggest seafood importer, accounting for 19 percent of the total. Seafood exports recorded growths in China (17 percent), Thailand (13 percent) and the Netherlands (11 percent).-VNA