Brazil Agrochemical Update 10/05

Brazilian Agrochemical Market Fertilizer and Pesticide News

Fertilizer prices back to pre-war levels between Russia and Ukraine

Nutrien staff visits the State of Espirito Santo to accelerate the transition and integration of the company Casa do Adubo, acquired in July. The negotiation is estimated to have reached US$ 283 million. According to Itaú, it is the biggest acquisition in distribution carried out in Brazilian agribusiness. Nutrien has yet to reveal plans for the new brand. (Itaú; Nutrien)

Brazil Potash and Amaggi make agrément for the purchase and sale of potash from the Amazon. Amaggi has committed to purchase 500,000 tonnes/year from the Canadian mining company for a minimum period of 15 years. Amaggi will also have rights to sell 1.9 million tonnes of annual production of the raw material used as fertilizer and will transport 2.4 million tonnes of annual potash production to river ports in the interior of Brazil. (Amaggi; Brazil Potash)

Fertilizers imported by the State of Mato Grosso do Sul are being offloaded Porto Murtinho, justifying investments for the Bioceanic Route. Announcement of the first import was made by the Secretary of the Environment, Jaime Verruck. Three thousand tonnes of fertilizers were imported from Uruguay, divided in three barges. (FV Cereals Group)

Between January and September 2022, farmers spent a record amount of US$ 20.27 billion to import fertilizers.The value exceeds by more than US$5 billion the 2021 total of US$15.14 billion, even with a lower volume of imported products. In the partial assessment of 2022, 29.75 million tonnes compared to 41.29 million in all of 2021. (Secex)

Fecoagro opens up a fertilizer plant in the city of São Francisco do Sul, State of Santa Catarina, with a capacity of 120 tonnes/hour. Investments reached US$ 5.23 million, coming from Banco Regional de Desenvolvimento do Extremo Sul. (Fecoagro; BRDE)

Ajinomoto Fertilizantes creates a free training program for farmers. Project comprises chat with experts, video lessons, virtual and face-to-face training, technical materials and events with researchers and consultants. (Ajinomoto)

It is necessary to increase storage capacity in Paranaguá Port, where 25% of imported fertilizers pass through. Due to lack of room, Fortesolo, a port operator specialized in unloading and storing fertilizers in Paranaguá, plans to expand its infrastructure. Imports of fertilizers through the Ports of Paraná remain high. In August, 773,771 thousand tonnes were unloaded. (Fortesolo; Ports of Paraná)

Koppert announces investments of US$ 135.52 million in Brazil to expand production capacity, in the next three years. Project began with inauguration of the microbiological products factory in the city of Charqueada, State of São Paulo. “The new formulation site is located in an area of more than 8,000 m² and will produce the entire microbiological line…”, said Danilo Pedrazzoli, industrial director at Koppert. According to Pedrazzoli, the company will invest in three new production sites. In 2022, the company expects revenues of US$ 154.89 million, a growth of more than 100% compared to the previous year. “We believe that, with the expansions, we will raise our market share to around 25%”, said Gustavo Herrmann, commercial director. (Koppert Brasil)

Agrochemical Tradeshow São Paulo, will take place on November 3 and 4. The event, organized by AllierBrasil, aims to promote agro and technical-commercial partnerships between foreign and local companies. Pesticide and fertilizer manufacturers, distributors and traders, GLP laboratories and consultulting from China, India, Uruguay, Paraguay, Canada are confirmed. In addition to the business roundtables, there will be lectures about pesticide registration, trade with China, inputs supply, special fertilizers, smuggling, ESG. (AllierBrasil)

Cellulose can control fertilizer release into the soil, through microencapsulation, replacing current plastic-based products, according to research performed by UFSCar. A mixture of nanocellulose and fertilizer undergoes a spray drying process, during which the nutrients are encapsulated. In this way, a powder is obtained and is subjected to thermal processing and pressed into molds, creating the product in the form of tablets. (UFSCar; Fapesp)

46 tonnes of pesticides and fertilizers were seized, resulting in more than US$ 1.16 million in losses. Operation by MAPA, Federal Highway Police and Federal Revenue seized 10 tonnes of pesticides and 36 tonnes of fertilizers smuggled from China, in the city of Campinas, State of São Paulo. For the detection of illegal pesticides, a portable spectrometer was used, which allowed immediate analysis of the products. (MAP; PRF; Federal Revenue)

Fertilizer prices back to pre-war levels between Russia and Ukraine. Devaluation favors an exchange relationship with grains. A tonne of MAP, source of phosphorus and nitrogen, costs about US$ 740, lower than the US$ 899 observed in February and equivalent to 45.5 bags of corn. Higher inventories, reduction of use of fertilizers, anticipation of purchases by the industry and use of biological fertilizers explain the price decrease. (Itaú BBA; StoneX Consulting)


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