China's July agchem production up 27%
China’s agrochemical manufacturing industry showed no signs of slowing down in July this year, as production of chemical pesticides increased by 27.3% year-on-year to 292,795 tonnes. The figures, published by the China Crop Protection Industry Association, come from the National Bureau of Statistics. Herbicides accounted for the majority of monthly agrochemical production, at 63%, with insecticides at 33% and fungicides making up just 4%. The northern province of Shandong continued its resurgence, overtaking Jiangsu province as the leading producer of pesticides, up 88.1% to 80,222 tonnes for the month. Jiangsu saw output inch up by 4.9% year-on-year to 76,212 tonnes, while Hubei province took third spot, with production almost doubling (+92.6%) to 26,890 tonnes. China increased manufacturing of chemical pesticides by 21.7% to 1.7 million tonnes in the first half of 2012 ( Agrow No 645, p 18).