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The German market for garden pesticides (including fertilisers containing herbicides) was worth Euros70 million ($108.5 million) at the retail trade level in 2007, up by 20.7% on the previous year, according to the country's agrochemical industry association, the IVA. Sales of household pesticides increased by 10.3% to Euros75 million ($119 million).
In volume terms, sales of garden pesticides increased by 8.3% to 365 tonnes. This was a recovery after a 22% decline in 2006 on the previous year.
A wet summer in 2007 resulted in strong weed and moss growth. Herbicide use rose by 12.3% to 128 tonnes, as did applications of iron sulfates to combat moss, which increased by 8.3% to 104 tonnes.
A mild winter resulting in a proliferation of aphids and sucking pests led to a spurt of 26.4% in insecticide use to 67 tonnes.
Fungicide use declined by 24.2% to 25 tonnes, even though the humid summer led to fungal diseases in cabbage and brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum) in tomatoes and potatoes.
Molluscicide demand increased by 5.7% to 37 tonnes due to the humid summer resulting in flourishing snail populations.
 
German garden pesticide market by category (tonnes) 
Category        2006            % change        2007 
Herbicides1     114             +12.3           128 
Iron sulfates     96              + 8.3           104 
Insecticides     53              +26.4           67 
Fungicides      33              -24.2           25 
Molluscicides   35              + 5.7           37 
Rodenticides    6               -33.3           4 
Total             337             + 8.3           365 
1 includes fertilisers containing herbicides. Source: IVA. 
 
In the household sector, which includes products for terraces and balconies, reduced infestation of ants, flies and mosquitoes led to a 10.3% reduction in pesticide use to 35 tonnes. The sector has been on the decline since a high of 64 tonnes in 2005.
 
German home pesticide market by category (tonnes) 
Category        2006            % change      2007 
Pest control    22              -9.1             20 
Ants                 3               -                  3 
Plant                3               -33.3            2 
protection 
Rodenticides    11              -9.1            10 
Total               39              -10.3           35 
Source: IVA. 
Source: Agrow

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