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Brazil agchem market up but slowing

Growth in the Brazilian pesticide market slowed in July as farmers started acquiring products in the main selling season. Sales for the first seven months of 2011 rose by 3.8% to R$4,420 million ($2,753 million at the current rate), according the national agrochemical industry trade association, the Sindag. That compares with 5% growth for the first half ( Agrow No 622, p 20). Sindag market data chief Ivan Amancio Sampaio says higher prices for agricultural commodities and farmers’ improved financial position continue to stimulate sales. The rise is despite a fall in herbicide and fungicide sales between 3% and 10%, while insecticide sales soared by 22%. Mr Sampaio also notes higher general input prices, but they are not keeping up with rising prices of the crops. Some 70% of sales traditionally take place in the second half of the year.

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