Falling US dollar to cut Brazilian agchem outlay
The “low” valuation of the US dollar will hurt investment in pesticides in Brazil. That is the assessment of the Ministry of Agriculture agricultural input chamber’s president, Cristiano Walter Simon. The sector is “deeply compromised by the low dollar value” against the Brazilian real. Reduced profitability is impacting farmers’ investment in several areas from machinery to pesticides, he told the official news agency, Agencia Brasil. A large share of pesticides applied in Brazil is imported. It imported some 61,000 tonnes in the first five months of this year ( Agrow No 595, p 17). The dollar has since dropped about 5-6% against the real.