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New EU states lead agrochemical growth

The amount of pesticides used in the 25 countries that now make up the EU totalled 219,771 tonnes of active ingredients in 2003. Of this, the ten new EU member states accounted for just 10%, according to a new report from the European Commission's statistics service, Eurostat. However, between 2000 and 2003, the amount of pesticides used in the EU-10 increased by around 17%, while the EU-15 experienced a decline of some 20% over the same period.


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