According to the statistic from the Brazilian National Union of Plant Protection Products Industry(Sindveg) released on November 25, 2021, 209.3 million hectares were treated with pesticides in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 8.7% compared to the same period last year.
In terms of pesticide use, the volume rose by 6.6% to some 154,600 tons in the third quarter. There was a 14% growth in the use of fungicides, from 12,800 tons to 14,500 tons. The use of insecticide rose by 12% from 14,800 tons to 16,500 tons. Use of seed treatment grew by 7% to some 1800 tones and use of herbicide rose by 4% to some 109,300 tons.
The total value of these pesticides reached 1.7 billion USD, up 21.7% over the same period last year. The percentage of soybean-use pesticides rose from 24% to 26%. There was also an increase in maize(8% to 9%), wheat(8% to 9%), beans(4% to 5%) and cotton(2% to 3%) but a decrease in sugarcane(21% to 18%) and horticultural crops( 11% to 10%).
Despite the growth driven by emphasized plantation efforts and firm commodities prices, Sindiveg warned about the availability and price hike of imported agrochemicals, especially from China, as well as logistic problems, which have worsened over the past weeks.
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