HANOI, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam exported 4.69 million tons of rice, worth 2.05 billion U.S. dollars, in the first eight months of this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Wednesday.
The figures posted a decrease of 15.7 percent in volume and down 18.4 percent in value compared to the same period last year.
The export rice price kept declining in recent months, down 3.2 percent year on year to stand at 438.49 U.S. dollars per ton on the average.
China was the biggest importer of Vietnamese rice exports, with over 1.47 million tons, worth 609.13 million dollars, accounting for 32.8 percent of the total rice export value during the period. The figures posted a year-on-year increase of 9.6 percent in volume and 6.8 percent in value.
Demands on Vietnamese rice exports from other markets also increased, including Singapore (up 62.8 percent), Angola (23.1 percent), Ghana (28.4 percent) and China's Hong Kong (17.3 percent) .
According to the Vietnam Food Association, the country expected to export 7.5 million tons of rice in 2013, against 7.72 million tons in 2012.