His publication covers the crop protection industry including pesticides and GM crops. Robert’s major focus is Brazil and Argentina, market movements and regulation changes, and getting first-hand opinions and news from sources in those countries. As well as news, he writes features and conducts interviews.
Robert joined Informa in 2006. Before that he worked as a news reporter on an investment newswire covering UK equities, on a health news publication covering health in the workplace and pharma research, and as staff writer for a US publication in Madrid.
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Latest From Robert Birkett
The Brazilian biologicals crop protection market grew by 77% last year to R$464.5 million ($123 million at the current rate) among associates of the Brazilian biological control enterprises association, the ABCBio, the Ministry of Agriculture reports.
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is to decide within 30 days whether to authorise use of genetically modified dicamba herbicide-resistant crops, according to national media reports.
FMC has agreed a deal with Portuguese company Servagronis (Lisbon) for the latter to distribute its products in the country.
The Paraguayan animal and plant health inspection service, the Senave, is seeking to implement amended rules governing the use of agrochemicals and establishing new maximum residue limits (MRLs).
Brazilian agricultural equipment manufacturer Agco and digital farming supplier Solinftec have agreed a commercial technology partnership.
ChemChina subsidiary Adama has posted a 20.3% rise in agrochemical sales to $900 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.