Belarus faces pesticide shortage
Belarus faces a shortage of pesticides as fluctuating exchange rates for the national currency are proving to be obstacles in finalising payment contracts with crop protection companies, says the country’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Foodstuffs, Vasily Pavlovsky. Stocks of pesticides would cater for 73% of needs. There are stocks for some 75% of herbicide, 36% of fungicide and 43% of insecticide requirements. Domestic pesticide production is carried out by four companies, accounting for some 63% of the market. The Deputy Minister indicated that plans for next year were to increase the proportion to some 80%.