Oct. 3, 2017
According to a research by consultancy Spark Inteligência Estratégica, there was a strong increase in the use of fungicides during the 2016/17 season in Brazil. Thirty-eight percent of the soybean surface in the country was covered with this type of product. The average adoption of these products grew 32 percentage points since the 2014/15 season.
Data from the survey has revealed that the expansion of the demand for protective fungicides gained strength with the increase of Asian Rust resistance and a reduction in the performance of systemic fungicides. The state that used more contact products was Rio Grande do Sul (55%), followed by Mato Grosso do Sul (40%), Mato Grosso (39%), São Paulo (39%), Paraná (34%) and Goiás (33%).
“The advancement of the contact fungicides signals a worry about the product’s capacity to control Asian Rust and combat the resistance of the fungus on traditional products,” André Malzoni dos Santos Dias, agronomist associate-director at Spark, explained. The research noted that any type of fungicide was being adopted for 98% of the Brazilian crops.
In terms of the market, the sales of fungicides meant 33% of the sales of agricultural pesticides in Brazil. According to data from the companies in the sector, the sales of agrochemicals were worth US$9.6 billion last year.