Brazil Agrochemical Update - 11/30/2022

Brazilian Agrochemical Market Fertilizer and Pesticide News

Farmers have already purchased 75% of the fertilizer needed for Brazil’s second corn crop

Anvisa excluded 70 monographs of pesticides allowed in the country in the last four years. This measure results from the review of the list, that began in 2019. Excluded monographs did not have products that had an active MAPA registration. The update of the list aims to obtain more transparency and clarity regarding the pesticides that are actually available for use in Brazil. With the exclusion from the list, the ingredients are no longer authorized for use in the country. (Anvisa; Ministry of Agriculture)

Biotrop was granted with a Bureau Veritas Group certification because of the allocation of more than US$ 17.24 million in resources for sustainable initiatives, from the raising of US$ 18.64 million from green debentures. Resources were allocated to investments in working capital for manufacturing and distribution of bioinputs; manufacturing site investments, including facilities expansion, laboratory equipment, vehicles and information technology; and R&D. (Biotrop Soluções Biológicas)

Rodrigo Bueno Rodrigues is Promip’s new national sales manager, responsible for the commercialization strategies of biological products, that is focused on biological control and integrated pest management. (Promip)

Ourofino Agrociência signed a partnership with the Korean company FarmHannong to manufacture and sell the herbicide thiafenacil. “In the efficacy studies, we achieved excellent results in controlling resistant weeds, such as crow’s foot grass, horseweed and bitter grass”, says Edson de Mattos, marketing manager. (Ourofino Agroscience)

During Operation Ceres, carried out by Ibama, environmental agents inspected 20 rural properties in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. In two properties, approximately 1140 liters and 346 kg of illegal pesticides from Paraguay were seized. Products found were emamectin benzoate and thiamethoxam, used in soybean and corn cultivation. Two infraction notices were applied, totaling US$ 37,402 in fines. Products were sent for incineration. (Superintendence of Ibama in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul)

Fertilizantes Heringer informs identification of evidence of fraud in maintenance services contracts and undue payments of US$ 9.45 million in overpriced services. According to what was verified, the practices were facilitated by “failures in internal controls in the processes of selection and contracting of service suppliers”. Investigation is part of the first phase of analysis carried out by independent consultants to examine allegations of corruption within the company. Investigated period was from early 2019 to August 2022. (Fertilizantes Heringer)

Syngenta announces an agreement to acquire Agrocerrado, distributor of agricultural inputs based in the city of Patos de Minas, State of Minas Gerais. Agrocerrado has eight retailing stores and attends more than 37 municipalities in the States of Minas Gerais. (Syngenta Crop Protection)

Off-season corn farmers are not in rush to purchase fertilizers such as urea and NPK. Jeferson Souza from Agrinvest indicates that farmers have already purchased 75% of the fertilizer needed for Brazil’s second corn crop, below the average of the last five years of purchases of fertilizers, of 83%. “Farmers noticed a sharp drop in the prices of agricultural inputs and delayed purchases to try to increase harvest margins,” said Souza. In the State of Mato Grosso, farmers purchased 89% of the estimated fertilizer demand for corn harvest of this year, 4% below the historical average. (Agrinvest)

Marialva City Council unanimously approved a bill that restricts the use of herbicides in soybean farms in the city, located less than two thousand meters away from grape farms, commercial gardens and orchards. Herbicides in question are called “auxin mimetics” and belong to the chemical groups phenoxyacids, benzoic acid, pyridinecarboxylic acid and quinoline carboxylic acid. (Municipal Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock of Marialva)

Ministry of Agriculture approves registrations of 38 pesticide technical products. (MAPA)

Railway concession company Rumo estimated for 2023 a growth of approximately 10% in export volumes and 15% in fertilizer import volumes at its main grain shipment terminal. Rumo’s northern network rail fares could increase between 20% and 25% in the first half of 2023. (Rumo; XP Investimentos)

Technicians from the Mato Grosso State Institute of Agricultural Economics point out that fertilizer purchases for the next corn season in the state are delayed by 8.20%, compared to the 2021/22 season, with 74.96% of the total purchased. (Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics)

State of Tocantins Public Prosecutor’s Office, through the Araguaia Regional Environmental Prosecutor’s Office, submitted a request to the Court for the seizure of assets, evaluated in the amount of US$ 46,590, from an agricultural company in the region of the city of Lagoa da Confusão. Amount will be used to ensure the correct transportation and incineration of approximately 15 tonnes of illegal pesticides seized on site. The company was fined by Ibama and Adapec, in October, for using and storing expired pesticides prohibited in Brazil. At the time, the environmental agencies seized the material, but kept it under the responsibility of the required company, because of its dangerousness, high value and quantity, since it would require adequate handling, transport and storage. (MPTO)

Corteva announces agreement for the acquisition of Stoller Agro. Stoller has operations and sales in more than 60 countries and forecast sales of more than US$ 400 million in 2022. Purchase price was US$ 1.2 billion, expected to be paid in the first half of 2023, following regulatory approvals. (Corteva Agriscience; Stoller Agro)



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