Agri-food exports grew 0,4% between January and June, compared to the same period in 2019, to 3.285 million euros, while imports yielded 4,5% to 4.870 million euros, the Government said, citing data from INE.
“With regard to the accumulated from January to June 2020, in relation to the same period of 2019, there was a slight increase in exports, from 3.271 to 3.285 million euros (+ 0,4%), and a decrease in imports , from 5.101 to 4.870 million euros (-4,5%) ”, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement.
In June alone, exports increased by 5,2% to 552 million euros, compared to the same month of the previous year, while imports decreased 0,7% to 801 million euros.
According to the ministry under the tutelage of Maria do Céu Antunes, in June, live plants and floriculture plants grew by 39,7%, followed by wines and musts (16%), fruits (6,2 %) and dairy products, eggs and honey (4,4%).
For the Government, “despite the context still marked by the socio-economic effects of the pandemic”, these data already represent a sign of recovery.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 715 deaths and infected more than 19,1 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 1.746 people of the 52.351 confirmed as infected died, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.