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Export of Vietnam rice during the QI/2023 increased by 30% compared to the same period in 2022

The majority of exported rice came from the Mekong Delta, with the rest of the country's rice production centers mainly serving the domestic market.


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Vietnam exported 1.7 million tonnes of rice during the first quarter of 2023 worth over US$900 million, a 19 percent increase in quantity and a 30 percent increase in value compared to the same period in 2022.


These latest figures were released in the latest report by the General Department of Customs.


According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnam rice has seen some success in improvements in quality and demand over the last several years.


The majority of exported rice came from the Mekong Delta, with the rest of the country's rice production centers mainly serving the domestic market.


Le Thanh Tung, deputy head of the plant cultivation department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said rice production this year for the Mekong Delta alone is projected to reach 24 million tonnes. Consumption for the Delta and HCM City, Vietnam's most populous city, will stay around 11 million tonnes, leaving 13 million tonnes for export.


Of which, premium-quality rice for export accounts for 3 million tonnes, specialty rice for 2.1 million tonnes, and regular rice for 1 million tonnes.


Vietnam rice will likely continue to be sought after in the second quarter of the year as demand has been on the rise in major markets including the Philippines, China, and Africa, said the Vietnam Food Association (VFA).


Nguyen Ngoc Nam, president of the VFA, said Vietnam rice has been fetching good prices on the international market despite a gloomy outlook for the global economy as countries look to stock up on food for uncertain times ahead.


In addition, major free trade agreements including the European Union - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) have seen tariffs on Vietnam rice reduced by as much as 175 euros per tonne, giving Vietnam premium rice an advantage in the European markets.


As demand soars, exporters have been trying to purchase additional amounts from farmers to maximize efficiency and profit. However, many have voiced concerns over a lack of capital.


Phan Van Chinh, head of MoIT's import/export department, said the ministry has been working closely with exporters to find solutions to minimizing logistic costs and dealing with import/export protocols in international markets.


On the other hand, the ministry said it is to keep a close watch on the amount of rice being exported to ensure the country's food security.


In an earlier development, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) ordered commercial banks to review and streamline the borrowing process for rice traders to help them access additional capital sources.



(VNS)


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