Brazilian agchem use down in last decade
Despite the expected 11% growth in the Brazilian pesticide market in 2011, pesticide use had fallen in the decade to last year, the official news agency Agencia Brasil reports. It cites an agronomist at the University of Sao Paulo’s superior school of agriculture, Octavio Nakano. He points to the use of IPM systems and more extensive use of genetically modified crops. “Agriculture is going through a strong development stage with far fewer poisonings, and the use of much less harmful pesticides than ten years ago.” Dr Nakano says. The agronomist quoted figures from market research company Kleffman showing that Brazil applied fewer pesticides per measure of produce than Argentina, China, France, Japan or Russia, despite having a greater incidence of pests, diseases and weed infestation. He also notes that Brazil could double its planted area through the recovery of degraded lands.