Portuguese agchem market up 8% in 2014
The Portuguese agrochemical market rose by 7.5% to €118 million ($128 million at the current rate) in 2014, according to the national agrochemical industry association, the Anipla. That represented a recovery on the stagnant market of the previous two years and a slightly higher level than that of four years ago. Weather conditions brought a rise in disease pressure, producing increased fungicide applications. Herbicide usage also rose on the increasing infestations due to the prolonged rains. The association revealed that the 2013 market totalled some €108 million, which was slightly down on the 2012 market of just below €110 million.