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Agchems boost Brazilian economy

The rise of 3.9% of the agriculture sector in Brazilian gross domestic product (GDP) for 2011 was largely down to the rising use of pesticides, two national pesticide industry associations claim. Growth was boosted by results from coffee, cotton, maize, soybeans and sugar cane sectors, official figures show. They found the rise in the agriculture economy was 1.2 percentage points greater than for the national economy as a whole. The five crop sectors analysed by official statistics agency IBGE as the “anchors” of rising GDP are also the sectors with the greatest use of pesticides, agrochemical industry association, the Andef, director Eduardo Daher says.

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