Brazil Agrochemical Update - 12/10/2022

Brazilian Agrochemical Market Fertilizer and Pesticide News

The lack of fertilizer storage is causing a scenario of atypical re-exports

Fertilizer deliveries are expected to decrease between 5% and 7% in 2022. Farmers delayed purchases or decided not to buy because of rising prices caused by the war between Russia and Ukraine. “We brought more fertilizer than the farmer was looking for at that time. This makes the ports full to this day” said Ricardo Tortorella, executive director of the National Association for the Diffusion of Fertilizers, about the first half of 2022. On the other hand, Brazil will be able to increase its domestic production of fertilizers for the first time in 15 years. (ANDA)

Minister of the Federal Supreme Court, Carmen Lúcia, votes for the unconstitutionality of five items of the Presidential Decree No. 10833, published in 2021, that changed rules for pesticide registration, marketing and use. The main contested item by the minister is an article that establishes the rules for the destruction of vegetables with residue levels above what is allowed or that have received application of unauthorized pesticides. (STF)

Administrative Council for Economic Defense approves acquisition of Agro Jangada by Syngenta, announced in August. Values were not disclosed. Agro Jangada will continue to operate independently, with its own brand. (Syngenta)

In compliance with the court decision, Anvisa approves toxicological evaluations of the pesticides mancozeb + picoxystrobin + prothioconazole (Adama) and dicamba (Syncrom). (Anvisa)

Stolen cargo of pesticides valued at US$ 480 thousand was recovered in the city of Uberaba, State of Minas Gerais. (Military Police of Minas Gerais)

Pollyana Morais is the new head of commodities and barter at Bayer. Eliza Pontes is the company’s new commodities coordinator. (Bayer)

Porto Ponta do Félix, in Antonina, State of Paraná, carries out its first re-export of fertilizers. 17 thousand tonnes of the product were exported, coming from Egypt and destined for the USA. Export of 24 thousand tonnes of fertilizers to Turkey is scheduled for October. The lack of fertilizer storage is causing a scenario of atypical re-exports. Brazil, normally dependent on fertilizer imports, is re-exporting cargo because of a lack of infrastructure to store the large volumes that arrived in 2022. “Four or five months ago we were talking about a possible fertilizer shortage. Now we have nowhere to put the product”, said Jeferson Souza, analyst at Agrinvest. (Porto Ponta do Félix)

Superior Court of Justice accepts an appeal filed by the Public Ministry of the State of Rio Grande do Sul to receive complaints that may hold criminally responsible those who don’t report the application of pesticides in the state. The Public Ministry of the State Rio Grande do Sul issued a recommendation for the city of Nova Santa Rita to be covered by the territorial perimeter of exclusion of pesticide spraying through agricultural aviation (STJ; MP-RS)

Seizure of illegal pesticides increased 10 times between 2021 and 2022 on federal highways in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. Between January and September 2022, 51 tonnes of illegal pesticides were seized in 56 operations by the Federal Highway Police on federal highways in the state. The ban on paraquat and Argentina’s favorable exchange rate are possible justifications. (PRF)

Fertilizer Purchasing Power Index reached 1.40 at the end of September, reflecting an average 11% reduction in fertilizer prices compared to August. (Mosaic Fertilizantes)

Kinea invests US$ 77 million in Alvorada, the largest retailer of agriculture and livestock products in Brazil, with 37 stores and revenue of US$ 289 million. (Kinea; Alvorada)

Research developed by Embrapa Rondônia simplifies and speeds up the production of biochar, a material with the potential to generate organomineral fertilizers. The technology reduces the steps needed to produce biochar from three to just one. Compost resulting from the direct mixing of biochar with the soil has good potential as a vehicle for fertilizer application. In addition to reducing the loss of nutrients, it adds environmental advantages, such as a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases and greater soil carbon sequestration, enhancing the use of fertilizers according to the types of soils. (Embrapa Rondônia)

Ihara’s sales grew 46.1% last year, surpassing US$ 770 million in revenue. For this year, the company expects to reach US$ 1.15 billion. (Ihara)

Experts point out that the fire that occurred on October 8th in a warehouse belonging to the Luft Logistic Company in Sorriso, MT, originated in a pesticide shed. Products found burned had blue and yellow stripes, indicating that they were moderately or slightly toxic. “These are products such as carbendazim, atrazine, glyphosate and mixed mineral fertilizers”, informed criminal expert Aline Vieira Rodrigues. (Official Expertise and Technical Identification – Politec; Luft Logistic)

Many farmers have adopted the production of on-farm biological pesticides as an alternative to reduce the use of chemical inputs and farming costs. According to researcher Mariangela Hungria, from Embrapa Soja, the methods that most Brazilian farms adopt to produce these inputs create risks to agribusiness and human health, because most of the on-farm production takes place without the supervision of microbiologists. (Embrapa Soybean)

Marcio Boralli is the new country general manager at Advanta Seeds Brasil. (Advanta Seeds Brazil)


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