Brazil Agrochemical Update - 11/09/2022

Brazilian Agrochemical Market Fertilizer and Pesticide News

Expected 30% reduction in unloading of fertilizers through ports of Paraná State

The Agrochemical Tradeshow São Paulo was held on the 3rd and 4th of November. Organized by AllierBrasil, the event aimed to promote agriculture and develop technical-commercial partnerships between foreign and local companies, with participants from India, China, Japan, USA, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. (AllierBrasil)

Fertilizer Purchasing Power Index reaches its best level of 2022, favoring the purchase of fertilizers. Index reflects the average reduction of 14% in fertilizer prices in October, compared to the previous month. Result favors the exchange ratio at the end of the summer harvest and the beginning of preparations for the off-season, especially for farmers that invest in higher quality fertilizers. The IPCF is released monthly by Mosaic and consists of the relationship between prices of fertilizers and agricultural commodities. (Mosaic Fertilizers)

Santa Quitéria Project, an enterprise that aims to mine phosphate and uranium in the Itataia deposit, in the State of Ceará, should create 2,800 direct jobs and benefit the economy of Santa Quitéria and neighboring cities. Project is in the environmental and nuclear licensing phase, and aims to produce fertilizers and dicalcium phosphate for animal feed. It is developed by the Santa Quitéria Consortium, formed between the companies Galvani and Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil. “With an estimated investment of US$ 440 million, the project will enable the creation of jobs, an increase in the aggregated salaries, hiring of local labor and increase in tax collection…”, according to Marcos Stelzer, CEO. from Galvani. 1.05 million tonnes of fertilizers will be produced annually. (Galvani; INB)

Fonteagro launches an online course to train pesticide applicators, within the scope of the “Legal Applicator” Program, of the Ministry of Agriculture. Objective of the first phase of the training course is to make a thousand instructors able to take good agricultural practices to pesticide applicators in the main agricultural regions of the country, regardless of farm sizes. First 100 course subscriptions were made by CropLife Brasil. (Fonteagro)

New protocol can optimize the quality analysis of products based on Bacillus spp. used against diseases and pests in crops. Quality analysis is considered one of the obstacles to the expansion of biological control in Brazil. Developed by Embrapa Meio Ambiente, it consists of quantifying the number of viable structures of microorganisms, expressed in colony-forming units. In addition to ensuring safety for farmers and consumers, the method can increase adoption and help expand the market for products based on Bacillus spp. According to researcher Wagner Bettiol, measurement by colony forming units is used to estimate the number of viable bacteria. “This quantification is essential to assess the quality of the product. It is what determines the appropriate concentration of the microorganism to ensure its efficiency. If the values obtained in the analysis are lower than those reported on the label of the product registered with the Ministry of Agriculture, there is an indication that the product is out of standard and, therefore, subject to inspection procedures”, explains Bettiol. (Embrapa Environment)

Mosaic Fertilizantes reported adjusted EBITDA of US$ 343 million, compared to US$317 million in the 3Q of 2021. Net sales were US$ 2.6 billion, up from US$ 1.8 billion in the same period of 2021, because of higher prices year-on-year, partially offset by lower volumes. Sales in the potash segment totaled US$1.4 billion, up from US$ 589 million in 2021. In the phosphate segment, net sales increased to US$ 1.6 billion from US$ 1.3 billion in the same period last year, because of higher prices and fertilizer amounts. (Mosaic Fertilizantes)

In compliance with court decision, Anvisa approves toxicological evaluation of haloxyfop-P-methyl (Rainbow), chlorothalonil 720 g/L SC (Tecnomyl) and diquat dibromide + diquat (Adama). (Anvisa)

Sumitomo raised US$ 95.77 million to finance purchases of inputs of its customer network in Brazil, including distributors, cooperatives and farmers. Resources were obtained through the Credit Rights Investment Fund Opea Agro Sumitomo Chemical, from the securitization company Opea Gestora. (Sumitomo Chemical; Opea Gestora)

Fertilizer imports reached US$ 1.62 billion in October, with a daily average of US$ 85.51 million. Total amount of imported fertilizers reached 2.83 million tonnes, with an average of 148.84 thousand tonnes. Average price per tonne was US$ 574.50. Before October 2021, there was a decrease of 17.9% in the average daily value of imports, a loss of 36.6% in the average daily quantity imported and an increase of 29.4% in the average price. (Secretary of Foreign Trade; Ministry of Economy)

Aguia Fertilizantes received a license to build a phosphate industrial site in the city of Lavras do Sul, State of Rio Grande do Sul. It is expected to be concluded within 12 months after the beginning of the works, with an investment of approximately US$ 6.7 million. The Extremo Sul Regional Development Bank approved a credit line of US$ 2,87 million to finance the project. Annual production will be 300,000 tonnes of natural phosphate fertilizer, capable of meeting up to 15% of the demand from the State of Rio Grande do Sul. (Aguia Fertilizantes; BRDE)


The logistics company VLI informs the beginning of the operations of the new fertilizer corridor of the Centro-Atlântica Railroad, that connects the Luiz Antônio Mesquita Port Integrating Terminal to the recently opened Uberaba Fertilizer Terminal, in the West of the State of Minas Gerais. To ensure the feasibility of fertilizer transport flow, the company invested US$ 7.66 million. (VLI)

Nutrien launches fertilizer made with seaweed of the genus Lithothamnium, raw material of renewable extraction. Seaweed extraction is carried out in the Brazilian Northeast. Only sedimented algae are removed from the environment. (Nutrien)

Ministry of Agriculture submits to public consultation a proposal of an ordinance with guidelines of pesticide registration for minor crops. Anyone is eligible to send proposals through internet. Based on the contributions received, proposals will be consolidated and a normative act will be edited. (MAPA)

Expected a 30% reduction in the unloading of fertilizers through the ports of Paraná State by the end of 2022 along with an estimated drop of annual deliveries of 9.4% to 16.5%. If there is a 10% reduction of imports, between August and December 2022, an annual decrease of 9.4% in delivery will occur, and final stock will reach 9.13 million tonnes stored without commercialization, a volume 41% higher compared to the same period of 2021. In the case of a 25% reduction in delivery to the farmer, approximately 12.3 million tonnes will be stored. (Sindiadubos)

Itatijuca Biotech announces technology capable of recovering phosphorus from effluents from sewage treatment plants, producing struvite, an alternative and renewable source of phosphorus, that can be used as a slow-release fertilizer, because of its low solubility, and is capable of providing nitrogen and magnesium. Each kg of phosphorus removed from effluents produces approximately eight kg of struvite. (Itatijuca Biotech)



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