According to categories of products, the majority of pesticides sold in Slovenia in 2016 were inorganic fungicides (495 tons), followed by other fungicides and bactericides (179 tons), fungicides based on carbamates and dithiocarbamates (156 tons) and other herbicides (138 tons).
Most of the pesticides sold are fungicides
In 2016, 1,156 tons of pesticides were sold, most of which were fungicides, 860 tons or 74%. In addition, 247 tons of herbicides (21%), 41 tons of insecticides (4%) and 9 tons of other pesticides (less than 1%) were sold.
Among fungicides, 495 tons of inorganic fungicides were sold (58%), followed by other fungicides and bactericides (179 tons or 21%) and fungicides based on carbamates and dithiocarbamates (156 tons or 18%). Among herbicides, 138 tons of other herbicides were sold (56%), followed by herbicides based on amides and anilides (56 tons or 22%). Other insecticides also stand out among insecticides with 31 tons (76%), followed by insecticides based on organophosphates (7 tons or 17%). Of the other pesticides, the most commonly used were vegetable oils with 4 tons (40%), followed by the physiological growth regulators of plants (3 tons or 31%) and molluscicides (3 tons or 28%).
Sales of pesticides in 2016 10% higher than in 2015
Sales of fungicides increased by 13% (by 100 tons) compared to 2015, mainly due to higher sales of inorganic fungicides (by 69 tons). Sales of herbicides increased by 10% (by 23 tons) compared to 2015, mainly due to higher sales of other herbicides (by 18 tons). Sales of insecticides increased by almost 7% (by just over 2 tons) compared to 2015, mainly due to higher sales of other insecticides (by almost 2 tons). From other main groups of pesticides, sales also increased in plant growth regulators (by 1.4 tons or 96%) compared to 2015, but decreased in molluscicides (by 0.7 tons or 22%) and in other plant protection products (by almost 17 tons or 82%); for the latter, the reduction is mainly due to vegetable oils, whose sales generally fluctuate widely over the years.
For data on pesticides sale in 2016 a new COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2017/269 of 16 February 2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning statistics on pesticides, as regards the list of active substances came into force. This, in addition to the new authorized active substances, also determines certain changes in codes and the attribution to higher hierarchical levels; however, the transition of active substances from one main group to another is rare and the quantities sold do not affect the changes compared to 2015.Figures show the wholesale of pesticides on the domestic market, and not the actual consumption in the reference year. Consumption namely depends also on the stocks from the previous years, individual purchase abroad, etc. Data on pesticide sale also do not present the actual consumption in agriculture, as pesticides are used also for other purposes (maintenance of roads and railways, golf courses, parks, etc.).