Export revenues of agricultural, forest and aquatic products totalled US$21.7 billion during the first nine months of this year, down five percent over the same period last year.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has reported that the value of major farm produce exports reached $10.29 billion, declining 7.2 per cent year-on-year.
Further, rice exports reached some 4.47 million tonnes in quantity, down 10 percent, and $1.92 billion in turnover, a decline of 15.7 percent.
The ministry said rice markets had slowed during the last nine months, both at home and abroad, with export prices averaging $431 per tonne, five per cent lower than the level recorded during the same period of 2014.
Further, the volume of coffee exports reached 961,000 tonnes at the end of the third quarter, a slump of 31 per cent, with revenues of $1.96 billion, having fallen 32 per cent.The average coffee export price was $2,054 per tonne, sliding by 0.23 per cent. While global coffee inventories had been high, as a new domestic harvest crop is expected.
Meanwhile, rubber exports saw a 6.6 per cent rise in quantity, at 740,000 tonnes, though the value of this export declined 13.7 per cent due to falling rubber prices throughout the world.
Also, the ministry said sufficient demand and proper prices stimulated the exports of pepper and cashew nuts. Pepper exports reached 110,000 tonnes with a value of $1.04 billion, while cashew nut exports reached 245,000 tonnes with a turnover of $1.78 billion.
Additionally, over nine months in 2015 the exports of major aquatic products, such as tra fish and shrimp, fell by 17.8 per cent year-on-year at $4.69 billion due to disadvantaged prices.
There was good news though, as forest products reported $5.03 billion in export revenues, up 6.6 per cent year-on-year.
According to the Central Highlands Steering Committee, Viet Nam has mainly exported raw coffee materials, which bring about low added values in the international markets.The country currently has nearly 642,000 hectare (ha) of coffee plantations, which produce some 1.4 million tonnes of raw coffee beans per year. It exports 90 per cent of this yield, though a high ratio is defective and cheaper than similar materials harvested in other countries.
Last year alone, the country exported some 1.3 million tonnes of raw coffee beans, gaining roughly $3.55 billion in revenues.