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Southwestern China's Yunnan Province, which boasts a bonanza of bio-resources, saw a double-digit growth in exports of farm produce in the first five months of this year, despite the current global economic downturn, the provincial customs house said on Saturday.

Between January and May, Yunnan sold abroad 197,000 tonnes of farm produce, a growth of 12.1 percent on the same period of last year.

The exports were valued at US$330 million, up 27.2 percent.

The total exports included 31,000 tonnes of tobacco and related products, up 29.5 percent, 80,000 tonnes of vegetables, up 40.4 percent, and 19,000 tonnes of coffee, up 35.1 percent.

The tobacco exports were valued at US$120 million, up88.6 percent, vegetable exports were sold for US$67.26 million, up 20.2 percent, and coffee's sales value was US$46.12 million, up 15.5 percent.

(Xinhua News Agency June 13, 2009)

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