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Argentine agchem imports jump

Argentine imports of agricultural chemicals soared by 71% to $1,574 million in 2010, national media report. The figures include pesticides and fertilisers, of which the latter saw greater growth, and come from the market consultancy, Investigaciones Económicas Sectoriales (IES). There is no available break down into segments. The boost came from volumes, which more than doubled. High commodity prices increased farmers’ planting intentions, as they were encouraged to make up for losses from a previous drought, the IES report notes. The use of pesticides and fertilisers rose by 28.8% to 3.4 million tonnes last year, newswire El Once adds.

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