Vietnam exported 700,000 tons of rice in April, 27 percent higher year on year, to take the total quantity so far this year to 2.3 million tons, the highest four-month volume since it began exporting the grain 20 years ago.
|Rice harvested in the Mekong Delta|
The April exports were worth nearly US$900 million.
At present, rice export companies signed contracts for exporting 4 million tons of rice and 2.3 million tons was exported.
Economists warn, however, that authorities and businesses need to cooperate to ensure the large-scale export of the grain does not cause any disadvantage, including to the nation’s food security.
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Truong Thanh Phong, chairman of the Vietnam Food Association, said under the current situation, rice shipments could exceed the year’s target of 5 million tons, also a record level.