Agriculture posts $4 billion in exports Workers at Dong Giao Export Food Company process pineapples for export. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue (31-12-2004) HA NOI — Viet Nam agro-forestry exports increased about 30 per cent this year to US$4 billion, with 25 per cent of the exports coming from the wood processing industry. Viet Nam also exported a record 100,000 tonnes of cashew nuts, worth more than $400 million. The nuts were primarily exported to China, Russia, Europe and the US. In the US, Vietnamese nuts accounted for 15 per cent of that country’s market share. Also this year, Viet Nam exported 3.9 tonnes of rice, the same amount as last year. However, the value of the exports increased by nearly 23 percent, reaching over US$900 million. Despite the falling coffee prices in the world market, Vietnamese coffee exporters were still able to increase their exports by 40 per cent. The tea sector also increased their exports, boosting their total from 60,000 tonnes last year to 90,000 tonnes this year. The sector earned a record $90 million. Viet Nam is now the world’s top black pepper exporter, second largest rice, coffee and cashew nut exporter; fourth largest rubber exporter and seventh largest tea exporter. Against the back-drop of globalisation and international integration, many opportunities opened up for Viet Nam agro-forestry products. However, challenges in maintaining high quality and low prices remain as difficulties. Securing trademarks and brand names are a key step in overcoming this hurdle, according to Vietnamese exporters….