Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery exports in the first eight months of 2014 climbed 11.9 percent from a year earlier to 20.22 billion USD, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

In August alone, the sector brought home 2.47 billion USD.

Over the eight-month period, Vietnam sold 9.49 billion USD worth of farm produce, up 5.7 percent yearly, while earning 4.06 billion USD from forestry products, rising by 12.5 percent.

Notably, it saw aquatic export turnover leaping by 25.4 percent in value to 4.95 billion USD.

Coffee, pepper, cashew nuts, aquatic products, timber and wood products destined for other countries maintained their growth in both volume and value.

In particular, coffee brought home 2.5 billion USD from 1.22 million tonnes, representing respective year-on-year increases of 22.3 percent and 26.8 percent.

Timber and wooden products raked in 3.87 billion USD, growing by 12.7 percent.

However, observable falls were recorded in the shipment of some commodities, such as rubber (down 9.8 percent in volume and 31.9 percent in value annually), and tea (down 6.9 percent in volume and 1.4 percent in value).

The export of rice continued downward trend since the year’s beginning as it dropped 9 percent in volume and 5.3 percent in value during the period.

The MARD set a target of earning 28.5 billion USD from agro-forestry-fishery exports this year, a year-on-year rise of 3.63 percent.-VNA