A report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development estimates the country’s agro-aqua-forestry exports were at US$2.37 billion in April, sending the figure in the first four months of this year to $8.67 billion, up 0.4 percent year-on-year.
In the first four months, four commodities of rice, coffee, seafood, and wood and wooden products, exceeded $1 billion in export value. Of these, rice exports were at $1.04 billion; coffee at $1.3 billion; seafood at $1.7 billion; and wood and wooden products at $1.6 billion.
The Ministry also noted that animal husbandry has been facing difficulties because of diseases. Total herds of cattle and pig, and most of the poultry has decreased to a large extent compared to the same period last year, with cattle dropping by 3-4 percent; pigs by 2-3 percent; and poultry by 2-3 percent.
Swine and poultry breeders are both in despair due to low prices and diseases, with some facing losses, while others have had to halt production.