Worried about a significant drop in agricultural exports, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has decided to establish a steering committee that will gather information on problems faced by traders and identify possible solutions.

The ministry's personnel department has been asked to set up a permanent office of the committee this month. The committee will collect regular feedback on obstacles as well as recommendations from traders of farming, seafood and forestry products, Minister Cao Duc Phat said at a recent meeting that brought together associations in the three industries.

He said establishing the committee is one of the urgent measures being taken to deal with export challenges that the sector has faced in the first quarter of this year.

Vietnam’s export revenue from agro-forestry-fishery products in the first three months of this year was estimated at 6.13 billion USD, a 13.2 percent decrease from the figure recorded in the same period during 2014.

Of the total figure, farm produce exports were valued at 2.92 billion USD, down 15.1 percent; seafood exports generated 1.27 billion USD, an annual decline of 20.6 percent; and forestry product exports brought home 1.5 billion USD, a drop of 0.4 percent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.-VNA