Brazil Agrochemical Update - 02/15/2023

Brazilian Agrochemical Market Fertilizer and Pesticide News

Bayer and Kimitec announce a partnership for the biological market

In 2022, Brazilian companies imported US$ 48.3 billion in fertilizers and fuel oils. This represents an increase of 64% in imported fertilizer value, and a reduction of 8% in the purchased volume. (Vixtra)

Adama confirms the opening of a new multipurpose factory in Taquari, State of Rio Grande do Sul. Built with investments of US$ 50 million, the facility will produce the company’s main active ingredients. Highlight for prothioconazole, used in soybean crops against soybean Asian rust. (Adama)

Beekeepers from São Sebastião do Paraíso, State of Minas Gerais, denounce the death of more than 850 thousand bees in the region, in at least 10 properties. The farmers allege that the deaths happened because of pesticide poisoning. Tests revealed the presence of glyphosate, chlorpyrifos, permethrin, propanil and trifluralin in the bees. (UEMG)

Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Fávaro, asks for caution for the resumption of discussion about the Pesticide Bill No. 1459/2022. The proposal is ready to be voted by the Senate Plenary. The Bill creates, among other measures, the Temporary Registration and Temporary Authorization for new products, already authorized in three of the 37 OECD countries: USA, France and Japan. Fávaro said that MAPA will work in partnership with Anvisa and Ibama. “Let’s not weaken the legislation, or harm the approval process of new molecules, but rather modernize it… I am sure that when a molecule arrives at the Ministry of Agriculture that has not been approved by Anvisa, you will not find a technician at MAPA who will have the courage to approve it. Likewise for the environmental issue. If Ibama does not approve a new molecule because it will harm the environment, we will certainly not find anyone in the Ministry of Agriculture who will be favorable to this approval…”, said the minister. (MAPA, Agência Senado)

Yara Brasil started using sustainable big bags manufactured by the company itself, made of recycled plastic and PCR resin. According to the company, the packaging has already avoided the production of 2 thousand tonnes of plastic of fossil origin. (Yara Brasil)

Agrobiológica Sustentabilidade, the biological products company of the holding Crop Care, is investing US$ 19.32 million for the construction of a new factory in Itápolis, State of São Paulo, with the operation scheduled to begin after July 2023. (Crop Care; Agrobiológica Sustentabilidade)

More than 240 tonnes of adulterated fertilizers were seized in Joaquim Távora, State of Paraná. The operation was initiated after a farmer denounced the arrival of packages with open seals. (Civil Police)

Port of Açu, in São João da Barra, State of Rio de Janeiro, announces the construction of a cargo warehouse expected to initiate operations during the second half of 2023. The warehouse will have a capacity for 40,000 tonnes of fertilizers and should facilitate distribution to the Southeast and Midwest. According to the company’s CEO, José Firmo, the objective is to “put Rio de Janeiro on the fertilizer map”. (Porto de Açu)

Port of Vitória will receive approximately US$ 38.61 million in private investments over the next few years to improve its railroad access. Investments are from Codesa and VLI, a cargo transport company. A large amount of the fertilizers that supply farms in the Midwest region arrives in Brazil through the Port of Vitória. (Codesa; VLI)

Vittia announced the acquisition of the agtech company Agro21 Soluções Aéreas e Agronômicas, specialized in the aerial application of macrobiological products using drones. Transaction value was not disclosed. (Vittia Group)

More than a thousand farmers underwent training on pesticide application technology carried out by Adama, promoted in partnership with the consultancy Agroefetiva, during the 35th edition of Show Rural Coopavel. (Adama)

Bayer and Kimitec announce a partnership for the biological market. “Each farmer can benefit from biological products for uses ranging from seed treatment to pest control,” said Robert Reiter, director of R&D for the company’s Crop Science division. (Bayer; Kimitec)

AgBiTech Brasil’s market share in the Baculovirus-based insecticides for caterpillar control increased to 49% in 2021/22. In 2020/21, the company held a 42% share in the category. “We have grown twice as fast as the market, mainly because of the effectiveness of baculovirus control of pests that are difficult to manage, such as Helicoverpa and Spodoptera frugiperda,” said Pedro Marcellino, marketing director. According to Marcellino, an important factor was the loss of efficiency of state-of-the-art biotechnologies, used in different GMO seeds, and the increased resistance of caterpillars against conventional insecticides. (AgBiTech)

Ministry of Agriculture approves registrations of 22 formulated products and 26 technical products, including a technical product based on benalaxyl-M. (MAPA)

Agrocete ends 2022 with a growth of 50% in exports. According to the company, the result is because of a greater acceptance of biological nitrogen fixation technologies. (Agrocete)

In compliance with court decision, Anvisa approves toxicological evaluation of pesticides picloram and acetamiprid + bifenthrin (Albaugh) and flumioxazin + imazethapyr (Rainbow). (Anvisa)

Recifert will manufacture organic fertilizer using carcasses of animals that were not slaughtered. Those will come from cooperatives and independent livestock farmers in the State of Santa Catarina. Carcasses come from animals that died or were sacrificed because of illness or transport accidents. The Recifert facility will have the capacity to process 100 tonnes of carcasses/day, an amount that currently meets the demand in the State. The material will be transformed into organic fertilizer and raw input for biofuels. (Recifert)

More than 400 liters of pesticides smuggled from Paraguay were seized in Querência, State of Mato Grosso. According to the Civil Police, the product was stored in fertilizer packages. (Civil Police)


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