Brazil agchem sector battles market pressures
The Brazilian crop protection sector is battling to maintain the market level of 2014 for this year, Brazil’s Diario de Comercio e Industria (DCI) newspaper reports. The industry faces obstacles from a falling national currency value against the US dollar impacting pesticide and other input prices, and increased restrictions on the availability of credit for growers. FMC national president Antonio Zem told the newspaper that it is employing various strategies including extension of payment terms in order to meet its 2014 results of $904 million in sales. Some areas are more positive. Syngenta’s sugar cane manager Daniel Bachner told the DCI that cane prices have risen, supporting demand for crop protection products. Business for pre-emergent seedling and herbicides have improved. He notes alternative payment methods such as increased use of bartering have been used this year. The Brazilian market rose 7% to over $12 billion last year.