Vietnam exported 49,000 tonnes of tea in the first five months of this year, earning 69 million USD, up by 17.2 percent in volume and 14.8 percent in value against the same period last year.

Sources from the Agro/Forestry/Aquatic Products Processing Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on June 3 that items such as tea, pepper, cashew and coffee still maintained their export markets.

Economists forecast that tea consumption will keep on track in 2012 as the agricultural industry has promoted its tea in the global market. Pakistan continues as the leading importer of tea from Vietnam. -VNA