China’s agchem output up 3% in Jan/Feb
China’s agrochemical manufacturing sector continued to grow in the first two months of 2014, with output up 3.2% year-on-year to 546,000 tonnes. The data, based upon 368 manufacturers “of scale”, are from the National Bureau of Statistics and reported by the China Crop Protection Industry Association. Insecticide production saw the strongest growth, up 12.7% to 100,000 tonnes, while herbicides, the largest sector in terms of volume, were up 7.6% to 282,000 tonnes. Fungicide production edged up 2.7% to 22,000 tonnes.