Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Survey founds glyphosate and paraquat were Hunan's major herbicides for early rice in 2012

Aiming to establish the key market indicators of China's rice industry, CCM has carried out a syndicated research project, namely Syndicated Research Project of Hunan Rice Panel Data & Analysis Model, on rice production in Hunan Province——one of the largest rice production provinces in China, by conducting panel data investigations around basic information which include pesticides, seeds, fertilizers, diseases, pests and weeds, meteorology and agricultural products. The survey of pesticide's application features has been conducted in Hengyang City (Hengyang), Yueyang City (Yueyang) and Changde City (Changde) of Hunan Province and a total of 900 farmers in these three regions were interviewed.
In those three districts, the demand for pesticides from early rice planting was similar. The findings are arranged by descending order of input value: insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and others. As predicted by CCM, in those three districts, in 2012, the total market value of herbicide products was USD88 million (RMB540 million) for the rice planting-including early season rice, mid-season rice and late season rice. Among the three districts, Hengyang's market value of herbicide products was the highest, reaching USD42 million (RM260 million).

In terms of herbicide categories used, out of 900 farmers interviewed in those three districts, 813 mentioned 19 kinds of herbicides. Among them, glyphosate and paraquat were most frequently mentioned, far ahead of other herbicides, accounting for about 30% and 15% respectively. It's noteworthy that in Yueyang, many interviewees, 34.1%, had no awareness of the kind of herbicides they were using, compared with Hengyang's 3.3% and Changde's 9.1%.

As for brands, over half of farmers (about 64%) in Hunan Province had no awareness of them. According to the herbicide brand survey from 510 farmers, 22 herbicides brands and four pesticides companies were mentioned. However, those mentioned brands are almost all from multinationals: 49.3% was Monsanto's Roundup (glyphosate formulation), 28.9% was Dow AgroSciences' Daojie (penoxsulam formualtion) and 5.6% was Dow AgroSciences' Daoxi (cyhalofop-butyl•penoxsulam formulation).

Retail stores of agricultural products are the main pesticides purchase channels in these three districts. Farmers usually buy pesticides by experience, and rarely accept recommendations from merchants, friends and governments.

Rice is one of the most important crops in China, and Hunan Province is a large rice producing province, with a planting area of more than four million hectares. It ranked first in rice-sowing area and rice output in China in the past few years. Changde, Yueyang and Hengyang are the three important rice planting cities in Hunan Province. According to CCM's survey, about 50% farmers plant rice twice annually (early season rice and late season rice) and about 40% farmers choose single mid-season rice annually.

The news above was sourced from CCM’s latest issue, Herbicide China News 1305.

Table of Contents of Herbicide China News 1305:
Survey founds glyphosate and paraquat were Hunan's major herbicides for early rice in 2012
Lier Chemical: both revenue and net profit achieved a double-digit growth in Q1 2013
Anhui Huaxing constructing projects with a total capacity of 417,000t/a
Jiangsu Dongbao bought a bio-herbicide from Nanjing Agricultural University
Sluggish acetochlor production in China in 2012
Ex-works price of nicosulfuron 95% TC soared in late April
Glufosinate-ammonium arouses interest in China
Paraquat still in short supply in late April 2013
Diquat production stays weak in early 2013
Difficult promotion for biological pesticides
Atrazine TC export volume surged but formulation fell in 2012
Chinese herbicides Imp. & Exp. witnessed increases in Q1 2013
15 herbicides TC registered in Australia from Jan. to March 2013
New registrations of herbicide technical in China in March and April 2013

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