China's 2012 agchem production up 19%
China raised production of pesticides by 19% to 3.5 million tonnes in 2012, reports the China Crop Protection Association (CCPIA). Growth was driven by herbicide production, which increased by 42.5% to 1.6 million tonnes. In marked contrast to 2011, when the category saw growth of 16.7%, insecticide production in 2012 was down 12% to 813,000 tonnes. That for fungicides slipped 7.1% to 144,000 tonnes.