HANOI – Vietnam expects to earn some 12.12 billion U.S. dollars from the export of agro-forestry-fishery products in the first five months of 2014, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) reported on Monday.
This is a 10.4% increase over the previous year’s figureyear-on- year, said
According to the Ministry, in May alone, Vietnam’s farm export revenue is forecast to reach 2.278 billion U.S. dollars.
In January-May period, Vietnam plans to earn 5.94 billion U.S. dollars from overseas sales of agricultural products, up 5.1 percent while its export revenue from forestry products is likely to stand at 2.46 billion U.S. dollars, up 13.8 percent year-on- year.
Seafood remains Vietnam’s key export sector with export revenue in the first five months of 2.83 billion U.S. dollars, up 25 percent year-on-year.
In five-month period, coffee, cashew nuts, seafood, wood and related products maintain to be the items that witness growth in both export volume and value compared to the same period of 2013.
During the January-May period, Vietnam is expected to sell 966,000 tons of coffee to pocket 1.96 billion U.S. dollars, up 36.7% in volume and 29% in value year-on-year.
New York Festival promotes Vietnam’s coffee
Vietnamese handicraft, cuisine and distinctive culture received great acclaim from visitors to the 6th Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Festival, which opened in New York, the US, on May 25.
The annual event aims to introduce American people and international friends to the intrinsic cultural values of countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, and promote cultural exchange and diversity between nations.
The Vietnamese representatives showcased the country’s unique cultural identity and beauty through Ao Dai (traditional women’s long dress), folk dance, handicrafts, and agricultural produce.
Visitors to the festival were also impressed by the flavour and unique style of Vietnamese coffee.