Despite natural disasters, the agricultural sector has fulfilled many targets so far this year (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam earned about 29.54 billion USD from agro-forestry-fishery exports between January and September, up 9.3 percent from the same period of 2017 and equivalent to 73 percent of this year’s target.

At a press conference on September 28, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan said although natural disasters have greatly influenced agricultural, forestry and aquacultural production, the sector has fulfilled many targets with results higher than in the previous years, especially in terms of growth and export revenue.

In the reviewed period, agro-forestry-fishery production value grew by 3.81 – 3.82 percent year on year. Meanwhile, GDP in the sector is estimated to increase by 3.5 – 3.6 percent.

Major contributors to the expansion are fisheries (up 6.46 percent), forestry (6 percent), cultivation (3 percent) and animal husbandry (2.41 percent). 

Surges in value and output were recorded in rice, fruits and vegetables, export poultry meat, tra fish, and timber and wood products.

Deputy Minister Tuan said the sector will press on with agricultural restructuring in the coming time. In October, it will boost the output, value and export turnover of the products with rising demand and good markets so as to help achieve the targets set for 2018. –VNA