By Leonardo Gottems, Reporter for AgroPages
AgroPages exclusively interviewed Patrícia Karlikowski from DVA Agro Argentina, who spoke about the market, the industry and the current agrochemical registration process in Argentina, as well as in Paraguay and Colombia.
What is the current situation with the agrochemical sector in South America?
I believe that Colombia, Paraguay and Argentina are currently experiencing certain complications. Each country has its own situation. Argentina is in an election year with high inflation and high-interest rates, but some positive changes are happening in the countryside. Paraguay is recovering after a dry season, while Colombia is diversifying its key crop matrix for export products, something that has not happened previously, as it concentrated on rice and potatoes, which occupy the largest cultivation area in terms of hectares.
There are other important changes taking place. For example, China and India are increasingly involved in these three countries. China's environmental regulations are affecting the supply and price of agrochemicals in these three markets, as most agrochemicals are produced in China, followed by India.
What is the situation regarding product registration in these South American countries?
The regulatory aspects of registration in some countries are more complicated than in others. But they have remained stable in recent years, except for some changes related to officials or presidents. But generally, they have remained constant. Some countries are a little stricter, such as Colombia and Argentina, in terms of requirements and analysis of available information. With regards to plants and their origins, this is getting quite strict. It is important to mention why it is not possible for everyone to record anything, except in Paraguay, which remains quite flexible. But these are all important markets with many development opportunities, whether Argentina, Colombia or Paraguay.
How do you manage DVA Agro and how are you planning to expand?
DBA is a company that has existed for 50 years. It is a German company that is involved in various sectors, not only in agrochemicals and crop protection but also in other areas. In recent years, it has expanded to new countries, with new business units and departments.
An important thing to mention is that we now have a “Special Chemicals” department, which mainly focuses on surfactants, adjuvants, formulation enhancing products and tank mixes. We also have a new formulation plant in Argentina that was launched a year and a half ago, which has several formulation lines for herbicides and fungicides and can produce new formulations.
We also have a new “Crop Nutrition” unit that is part of our DBA expansion plan and mainly focuses on fertilizers and biostimulants. The current era is very important because there is a social need for these types of biological products. Biostimulants and fertilizers are very popular.