Pesticides sale, Slovenia, 2018

1,172 tons of active substances in plant protection products sold in Slovenia in 2018

According to chemical classes, most of the active substances sold in Slovenia in 2018 were in the chemical class inorganic sulphur (423 tons), followed by dithiocarbamate fungicides (136 tons), phthalimide fungicides (101 tons) and organophosphorus herbicides (98 tons).

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Quantity of active substances in plant protection products sold in 2018 increased by 8% compared to 2017
 
1,172 tons of active substances in plant protection products were sold in Slovenia in 2018, which is 8% (85 tons) more than in 2017. The sale was the highest since 2008 (1,218 tons) and 8% higher than the ten-year average (1,087 tons). Between 2004 and 2013 the quantities were constantly declining (except in 2008); from 1,558 tons in 2004 to 917 tons in 2013. In 2018 the quantities of sold active substances exceeded the lowest quantity from 2013 by 28%.

The total sales of plant protection products in 2018 increased due to higher sales in all main groups: fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and other plant protection products.

The quantity of active substances in fungicides sold increased by 7% in 2018 (by 54 tons) compared to 2017, mainly due to increased sales of inorganic fungicides (by 23 tons), phthalimide fungicides (by 14 tons) and quinone fungicides (by 11 tons). On the other hand, the sale of copper compounds decreased the most (by 3 tons).

The quantity of active substances in herbicides sold increased by 9% in 2018 (by 22 tons) compared to 2017, mainly due to increased sales of dinitroaniline herbicides (by 14 tons), urea herbicides (by 11 tons) and organophosphorus herbicides (by 6 tons). On the other hand, the sale of chloroacetanilide herbicides decreased the most (by 11 tons), followed by triazinone herbicides (by 3 tons).

The quantity of active substances in insecticides sold increased by 9% in 2018 (by 5 tons) compared to 2017, mainly due to increased sales of unclassified insecticides - acaricides (by 4 tons).

The quantity of active substances in the remaining main groups of plant protection products sold increased by 57% in 2018 (by 4 tons) compared to 2017, mainly due to repellents (by 2 tons) and physiological plant growth regulators (by 1 ton).

 

Most of the plant protection products sold are fungicides

849 tons of active substances in fungicides were sold in Slovenia in 2018, representing 72% of active substances in all plant protection products sold. In herbicides there were 257 tons of active substances (22%), in insecticides 55 tons (almost 5%) and in other plant protection products 11 tons (less than 1%). 

Among active substances in fungicides, 423 tons were in inorganic sulfur (50% of active substances in all fungicides sold), followed by dithiocarbamate fungicides (136 tons or 16% of active substances) and phthalimide fungicides (101 tons or 12% of active substances). Among active substances in herbicides, 98 tons were in organophosphorus herbicides (38% of active substances in all herbicides sold), followed by chloroacetanilide herbicides (37 tons or 15% of active substances). Among active substances in insecticides, 37 tons were in unclassified insecticides - acaricides (68% of active substances in all insecticides sold), followed by organophosphorus insecticides (9 tons or 16% of active substances). Of the other plant protection products, the most commonly used were physiological plant growth regulators with 5 tons (44% of active substances in all other plant protection products sold), followed by repellents (2 tons or 20% of active substances), molluscicides (1.6 tons or 15% of active substances) and soil sterilants (1.5 tons or 14% of active substances).

Quantity of active substances in plant protection products sold, Slovenia
Quantity of active substances in plant protection products sold, Slovenia
Source: Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection
METHODOLOGICAL NOTE
Figures show the wholesale of plant protection products 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 plant protection 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.). Data on the consumption of plant protection products in agriculture for 2014 and 2017 were published in the SiStat Database Use of pesticides.
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