|Rice is packaged for export at a factory in Thot Not district of Can Tho city (Photo: VNA)
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved the Ministry of Industry and Trade's proposal to resume rice exports after a few weeks of suspension to make sure the country has sufficient food to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the department, from April 11-12, local businesses have registered to export 399,999 tonnes of rice.
The department said it has been updating information about the volume of rice exports on its official website at www.customs.gov.vn each hour.
In the first quarter of this year, the country exported about 1.52 million tonnes of rice for US$700.8 million, up 9% in volume and 16% in value year-on-year, the department's statistics revealed.