Vietnam earned an estimated 2.32 billion USD from export of farm, forestry and fishery products in January, down 9.7 percent against the same period in 2013, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Specifically, farm products were estimated to rake in 1.17 billion USD, down 17.9 percent, while forestry items were to bring in 534 million USD, up 3.3 percent and fishery, 552 million USD, up 13.9 percent.

Decreases were seen in several major export staples such as coffee, rubber, pepper and cassava products with rubber suffering the strongest decline.

In the year’s first month, Vietnam exported 90,000 tonnes of rubber worth 199 million USD, down 17.5 percent in volume and 32.8 percent in value over last January.

In 2013, Vietnam's agro-forestry-fishery exports hit about 27.47 billion USD.-VNA