Major agricultural products raked in an estimated 7.59 billion USD, down 10.5 per cent, while forestry products brought home 2.31 billion USD, up 12.4 per cent; and earnings from aquacultural products stayed at the same level as last year at 2.88 billion USD.
Most export staples such as rice, coffee, rubber, tea and cassava saw decreases in both price and volume. Coffee suffered the highest reductions, dropping 24.2 per cent in volume to 795,000 tonnes and earning only 1.71 billion USD, 22.4 per cent less than the figure of the same period last year.
Export of cassava also witnessed a deep decrease during the first six months of the year, bringing home 693 million USD, down 14.5 per cent.
Only cashew and pepper showed increases in both export amount and price. Cashew exporters earned 723 million USD by exporting 115,000 tonnes of cashew, an increase of 5.7 per cent in turnover and 15.9 per cent in amount.
The US, China and Netherland remain Vietnam’s biggest cashew importers.
Pepper export went up 22 per cent in volume and 16.8 per cent in turnover, in comparison with the same period last year.
From June to the end of the year, the MARD urged relevant agencies to keep track of the domestic and global demand and supply; give priority to expanding export markets, enhancing trade promotion activities; while coordinating with businesses and associations to propose policies to boost export and tap potential markets.