A Brief Retrospect on China’s Pesticide Registration in H1 2020

A Brief Retrospect on China’s Pesticide Registration in H1 2020China approved 474 pesticides during the first half of 2020, of which 445 are agricultural pesticides and 29 are hygiene pesticides, representing a bounce back from H1 2019 of only 99 pesticides. The number of pesticides approved down sharply in 2019 due to the new data requirement enacted. It is unlikely to see a return to the heady numbers in 2017 and 2018.

Period

Agricultural pesticides

Hygiene pesticides

Total

H1 2020

445

29

1157

H1 2019

83

16

99

H1 2018

2638

126

3746

H1 2017

1107

50

1157

Herbicide obtained 172 approval and became the most registered category, followed by fungicide(113), insecticide(93) and plant growth regulator(33). A total of 34 types of formulations were registered and the most frequently registered formulation type was suspension concentrate (116), emailable concentrate (67), soluble liquid (47), oil-based suspension concentrate(47) and granules(35).

The top 5 most frequently registered active ingredients were Pyraclostrobin, Clothianidin, Thiamethoxam, Metamifop and fludioxonil. Thiamethoxam(10), Clothianidin(8), Thiamethoxam(8), Metamifop(8) were most frequently used in single-element formulations while the most welcomed combinations in multi-element formulations were Cyhalofop-butyl and Metamifop mixtures(9), Etoxazole and Bifenazate mixtures(5) and mixtures of Fluoroglycofen-ethyl and Glufosinate(5).

Active Ingredient

Approvals

Active Ingredient

Approvals

Active Ingredient

Approvals

Pyraclostrobin

28

Glufosinate

16

Difenoconazole

12

Clothianidin

24

Glyphosate

16

Bifenthrin

10

Thiamethoxam

24

Cyhalofop-Butyl

16

Metalaxyl-M

10

Metamifop

21

Penoxsulam

13

pretilachlor

10

Fludioxonil

17

Abamectin

13

Oxine-copper

10

445 agricultural pesticides were approved for uses on over 70 crops and the main focuses were paddy, citrus and wheat.

Crop/Use

Approvals

Crop/Use

Approvals

Paddy (direct seeding)

44

Paddy(transplanted)

31

Citrus

42

Brassica oleracea

26

Paddy

34

Grape

26

Uncultivated land

33

Indoor area

24

wheat

31

Cucumber

22

17 biochemical pesticides, 7 microbial pesticides and 1 botanical pesticide were approved, a slight increase from 2019 of just 22 biopesticides.

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