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Report of global pesticide sales for 1996
by Mike Owen

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A recent article in the Pesticide Action Network North American Updates Service described the global pesticide market changes. Global agricultural chemical sales grew 5.5% representing $30,560,000,000 in 1996. Agchemical sales have increased three consecutive years and marked increases of 5.1% in 1994 and 4.3% in 1995.

The greatest increase in pesticide sales was in Latin America where an increase of 16%, or approximately one third of the global increase. Most of the increase was due to sales in Argentina and Brazil. North America represents the largest pesticide market and accounted for $8,856,000,000 in 1996, or an increase of 6.8% over 1995 sales. Significant increases were observed in the non-crop pesticide sales.

Herbicide sales in North American increased 10% from 1995. Western Europe pesticide sales increased from 1995 and currently represents approximately 26% of the world market. Pesticide sales in Japan dropped approximately 2% while in the rest of Asia, sales increased significantly. China and Korea accounted for much of these increases. The article concluded by suggesting that global increases will continue at a pace of 1.6% per year through 2001. Pesticide sales for 1996 by region was: Asia (24.5%), Latin American (10.4%), North America (29.4%), Western Europe (26.2%), and the rest of the world (9.5%).

Prepared by Mike Owen, extension weed management specialist, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

For more information contact:
ISU Extension Agronomy
2104 Agronomy Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011-1010
Voice: (515) 294-1923
Fax: (515) 294-9985
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