March 17, 1997
Global Pesticide Market Grows in 1996
According to a recently released report, global agrochemical
sales grew by 5.5% to US$30,560 million at the end-user
level in 1996. Growth in real terms is estimated to be
approximately 2.2% when the effects of inflation and
currency factors are taken into consideration. This is the
third consecutive year that sales have risen. Sales
increased 4.3% and 5.1% in real terms in 1995 and 1994
respectively. Pesticide sales data is compiled annually by
Allan Woodburn Associates, consultants based in Edinburgh,
Latin America had the largest increase in sales -- a 16%
increase in dollar terms, accounting for one third of global
sales growth. Latin America accounted for 10.4% of global
agrochemical sales in 1996, up from 9.4% in 1995. Much of
this growth was due to higher sales in Brazil and Argentina.
The value of Argentina's pesticide imports was up over 12%
in 1996, which amounted to a 34% increase in volume.
North America continues to be the world's largest regional
market and increased 6.8% to US$8,856 million in 1996.
Growth of agrochemical sales in this region have increased
an average of about 6% per year during the 1990s. The non-
crop pesticide sector which grew by 11% accounted for the
largest part of the increase. Sales of agricultural
pesticides increased by approximately 6%, with herbicide use
increasing by 10%.
Western Europe accounted for over 26% of world agrochemical
sales in 1996. Annual pesticide sales in Western Europe have
increased from approximately US$3.7 million in 1985 to
US$7.6 million in 1995. Substitution of older active
ingredients with newer, lower dose products has helped to
maintain profits while volume sales have dropped in many
Pesticide sales in Japan dropped 2% (in Yen) in 1996. The
market in other Asian countries, however, continued to grow,
most notably in China and South Korea.
Woodburn Associates predict that the global agrochemical
market will increase an average of 1.6% per year in real
terms over the next five years to approximately US$33,150
million in 2001 (in 1996 dollars).
World agrochemical sales by region in 1996
Latin America 10.4%
North America 29.4%
Western Europe 26.2%
Rest of world 9.5%
Source: Agrow: World Crop Protection News, December 13,
1996, February 14 and February 28, 1997.
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