Brazil Agrochemical Update 09/21

Brazilian Agrochemical Market Fertilizer and Pesticide News

Corteva will stop activities in 35 countries and lay off 5% of its globalwork force to reduce costs

  • Satis will increase investments in Brazil in 2023, expecting greater demand for special fertilizers. Company will open four distribution hubs by June next year in Luís Eduardo Magalhães (State of Bahia), Balsas (State of Maranhão), and in the States of São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul, in locations yet to be defined. A factory will be built in Araxá (State of Minas Gerais), until the beginning of 2024. (Satis)
  • Suellen Drumond is the new insecticide manager and cotton and bean crop leader at Sumitomo Chemical Latin America. Drumond will be responsible for the company’s insecticide portfolio, including products for seed treatment. (Sumitomo Chemical)
  • “Operation Safra” aims to prevent theft of agricultural pesticides in the State of Bahia and reaches its 9th edition. Initiative has an app to facilitate quick activation of police teams and monitoring of productive areas. Operation carried out by the Public Security Department in partnership with the Agricultural Defense Agency of Bahia and the Association of Farmers and Irrigators of Bahia has an increase of US$ 250 thousand in 2022 to ensure the transit of products and pesticides, preventing the action of criminals who aim to illegally resell the material. (ADAB; AIBA; SSP)
  • Tradecorp do Brasil opens its first Global Center for Research and Innovation in Biosolutions in Brazil, in the city of Hortolândia (State of São Paulo), with an investment of US$ 1 million. Objective is to develop innovative solutions from fungi and bacteria. (Tradecorp)
  • Fertilizer shipments from Belarus to Brazil resume after seven months. Approximately 28 thousand tonnes of potash arrived at the port of Paranaguá (State of Paraná) and are waiting for unloading. While amount is low compared to volume normally imported from Belarus of around 3 million tonnes a year, it is the first shipment since February, when international sanctions halted negotiations and shipments by state-owned Belaruskali and Belarusian Potash Company. (BPC)
  • “Operation Controle” reveals that during three months 190 tonnes of pesticides were seized in eight States. Objective is to train police officers, assist in the identification of illegal products and provide an environmentally appropriate destination for seizures. (CropLife Brasil)
  • Inspection of agrochemical residues and traceability of origin of fruits and vegetables was concluded by MAPA. It took place in the city of São Paulo, focused on Ceagesp, the largest supply hub of fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish in Latin America. It was inspected and forwarded 105 lots of fruit and vegetables to check for residues of agrochemicals banned in the country or in disagreement with legal safety parameters. Fine for the sale of a products unsuitable for consumption because of irregular application of agrochemicals can reach US$ 103 thousand. (Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Syngenta and Bioceres announce global R&D and commercial collaboration agreement for seed protection. Business covers Brazil and China, but may depend on government authorizations. Syngenta will be the exclusive distributor for the global commercialization of Bioceres’ biological seed treatment solutions, except in Argentina. (Bioceres; Syngenta)
  • Cibra announces construction of a new factory in the Port of Itaquí region, in São Luís (State of Maranhão), with an investment of US$ 48.4 million. Terrain has already been acquired and the beggining of operations is scheduled for the 1Q of 2024. Objective is to increase the entry of the company’s products in the States of Tocantins, Maranhão, Piauí, Pará and Mato Grosso. Cibra currently has 13 production, import, formulation and distribution sites of fertilizers in Brazil. (Cibra)
  • Suspended delisting of Fertilizantes Heringer because of debates about prices. Price of the public offer to acquire shares of Heringer was questioned by minority shareholders, suspending the operation. (Heringer Fertilizers)
  • Esalq/USP launches course about biological pest control with support from CropLife Brasil. The 50-hour course covers topics such as parasitoids and predators; predatory mites; entomopathogens; production of natural enemies and of entomopathogens; pest monitoring and release of biological control agents; biological pest control programs; and legislation. (USP; CropLife Brazil)
  • Analiza Alves is promoted to global seeds regulatory sciences leader at Corteva, stepping out of the Latam resistance management manager position. Marcus Santos is now the Crop Protection Agronomy Leader Brazil/Paraguay. (Corteva Agriscience)
  • Fertilizer delivery dropped 3.1% in the country in the first half, to 18.1 million tonnes. In June, manufacturers delivered 3.5 million tonnes, or 19% less than in June last year. (ANDA)
  • Rio Grande do Sul is the state that most seized smuggled pesticides in the last five years in Brazil. From 2017 to August 2022, it was seized US$ 3,19 million of illegal products. States of Mato Grosso do Sul, with US$ 3,05 million and Paraná, with US$ 1,76 million, are ranked second and third, respectively. Foz do Iguaçu region, in the west of Paraná, concentrates more than 80% of the seizures in the State. (Receita Federal)
  • Corteva will stop activities in 35 countries and lay off 5% of its global work force to reduce costs. Rising global inflation forced company to reduce its planned spending and implement measures to protect its margins from rising raw material costs. Company plans to narrow its sales focus to 110 markets, focusing on 20 key countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, India and Western Europe. Non-essential regions represent less than 5% of the company’s annual revenue. (Corteva Agriscience)
  • Published new guidelines regarding risk mitigation of hormonal pesticide drift in crops in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. Changes include the scaling of cities under the requirement of qualified applicators and the need to declare the use of herbicides, as well as additional requirements for application of the products. Measure also aims to comply with federal legislation, which establishes mandatory training for applicators until 2026. (Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development)
  • MAPA approves registration of 65 technical product pesticides, with 38 products defined as Class III – Dangerous to the Environment and 21 products as Class II – Very Dangerous to the Environment. (Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Marcos Couto Gaio is the new CEO of Willowood Agriscience in Brazil. (Willowood)
  • In compliance with court decision, Anvisa approves the toxicological evaluation of the pesticides chlorothalonil+ tebuconazole (Helm) and deltamethrin (Landrin). (Anvisa)
  • Nutrien announces Carlos Brito as the new vice president of commercial operations for Latin America and Matheus Zanella as the new agronomy director for Latin America. (Nutrien)



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