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China sees flat agchem market in 2010

China's estimated volume demand for pesticides in 2010 will “remain level” with this year's figure, at 302,700 tonnes, reports the Chinese national newspaper, the AgriGoods Herald, quoting figures from China's national agricultural technology extension and service centre. An official prediction last year for pesticide usage in 2009 was 313,600 tonnes ( Agrow No 555, p 22). But this year has seen the average number of pesticide applications per mu (1/15th ha) of land fall from two to one, due to a lower occurrence of rice pests and the greater promulgation of more “professional” pesticide products, the paper adds. Pesticide use in the country, previously dominated by insecticides, is gradually becoming more diverse. Insecticides are expected to account for 36% of the national market in 2010, with herbicides at 29% and fungicides at 23%.

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