Piracy controls boost Brazil agchem sector
Increased controls of contraband pesticide products boosted the Brazilian agrochemical market by at least $250 million last year, newspaper Folha de S Paulo reports. It cites figures from national agrochemical industry trade association, the Sindag, vice-president José Roberto Da Ros. Sales of legitimate pesticides rose by 16% in 2011 to almost $8,500 million ( Agrow No 638, p 21). Brazilian authorities reported that they had almost doubled the seizure of contraband pesticides in the first nine months of last year ( Agrow No 626, p 18). Counterfeit pesticides are inferior products and impact on the national industry, the association told the newspaper.