Vietnam exported 4.58 million tonnes of rice for more than 2 billion USD in the first eight months of 2013, the Vietnam Food Association (VFA) reported on September 3.

The figure included over 521,000 tonnes shipped in August, which brought home 229.7 million USD.

According to the VFA, the price of dry unhusked rice in the Mekong Delta provinces ranges from 5,100-5,400 VND per kilo.

VFA forecast that rice export this year can reach 7.5-7.6 million tonnes.

Last year, the country shipped a record 7.72 million tonnes of rice, earning 3.45 billion USD.-VNA