Vietnam earned 2.3 billion USD from exporting agro-forestry and fishery products in September, pushing the total revenue for nine months of this year to 20.4 billion USD, up 10.2 percent year on year.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported on September 25 that agricultural products brought home 11.1 billion USD, up 6.2 percent from the same period of last year. Most products saw rises in both volume and value, except for rice, rubber and pepper.

During the nine-month period, the country shipped 6.2 million tonnes of rice for 2.78 billion USD, up 4.5 percent in volume but down 6.1 percent in value. China has become Vietnam ’s largest rice importer since the beginning of this year.

Coffee also contributed 2.85 billion USD, up 29.8 percent, to the country’s farm produce exports with a total volume of 1.36 million tonnes, a 36.8 percent rise. The growth was attributable to rising demand from Germany and the US , the largest consumers of Vietnam ’s coffee.

Tea products maintained a stable growth, bringing in 161 million USD, up 8.8 percent and 8.3 percent year on year, in volume and value, respectively.

Meanwhile, pepper earned 627 million USD in revenues, down 0.9 percent for a volume of 91,000 tonnes, a 16.7 percent decrease. The country’s largest pepper importers are the US , Germany and the United Arab Emirates .

Wood and wood products export reached nearly 3.4 billion USD, an increase of 17.2 percent from the same period of last year. Almost all Vietnam ’s key markets saw a strong growth, including the US , China and Japan , which account for 30.6 percent, 14.4 percent and 17.2 percent of the total revenue, respectively.

Aquatic products brought in an estimated 4.5 billion USD, up 3.5 percent from last year’s same period. The US remains the top importer of Vietnam ’s seafood. It is followed by Japan and the Republic of Korea.-VNA