Vietnam has so far this year exported 2.38 million tonnes of rice for 1.038 billion USD, the Vietnam Food Association (VFA) reported on May 22.

The figure included over 233,000 tonnes shipped since the beginning of May, which brought home 95.7 million USD.

Earlier, VFA said Vietnam targets exporting 2.2 million tonnes of rice in the second quarter of the year, raising the total export volume for the first six months to 3.65 million tonnes.

In 2012, Vietnam exported 7.72 million tonnes of rice, earning 3.45 billion USD, representing an increase of 8.29 percent in volume, but a fall of 1.98 percent in value.

In the year, Vietnam ranked second, after India , in rice export.-VNA