|Workers process fresh lychee for export at a factory of the Vifoco Export-Import JSC in Bac Giang province.
The ministry attributed the decline to falls in the shipments of certain commodities, including dragon fruit, which made up the largest part of total exports at 34%, down 6%; bananas 9.5%; durian 71%; and watermelon 38.5%.
China was the leading buyer of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables in the period, accounting for 59%, but exports to the market fell by some 29%. Shipments to Singapore also dropped, by nearly 1%.
Vietnam recorded higher fruit and vegetable exports to most of the remaining markets, including the Republic of Korea (up 25.5%), Thailand (234%), the US (10%), and Japan (13%).
Between January and July, the country imported US$708 million worth of fruit and vegetables, down 37.7% from a year earlier.
The US, China, and Australia were the largest sources.