Italian agchem market up in 2008
Italian agrochemical sales rose by 5.9% in the first ten months of 2008, according to the national chemical industry association, Federchimica. It has only published trend figures, rather than values. Sales for the whole of 2007 reached €740.8 million ($1,007.2 million at the current rate – Agrow No 554, p 12). The fungicide sector saw the highest growth to November 2008. It grew by 16% mainly due to the wide spread of mildew. Higher cereal areas boosted herbicide sales (+8.9%). The fast-growing non-selective herbicide sector gained from pre-plant treatments. Insecticides bucked the trend, falling by 13.3%. The withdrawal of products through the EU review of active ingredients had a significant impact on the product mix. Only “organic” products, such as traps, rose. The outlook for 2009 remained “favourable”.