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Sales of pesticides in the EU

15/10/2018

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Statistics on the sale of pesticides are used as an indicator of pesticide consumption in agriculture. Among the 20 European Union (EU) Member States for which complete data are available, Spain, France, Italy and Germany accounted for a large majority (79 %) of pesticide sales reported in 2016. These countries are also the main agricultural producers in the EU, collectively accounting for about one half (46 %) of the EU's total utilised agriculture area and one half (47 %) of its total arable land.

Chart: Pesticide sales ranked by country 2016

 

The data source is here.

In terms of the categories of pesticides sold, the highest sales volumes in 2016 were for "Fungicides and bactericides", followed by "Herbicides, haulm destructors and moss killers" and "Insecticides and acaricides".

Pie chart: Pesticide sales by category 2016

For more details about the data available on pesticide sales and the agri-environmental indicator of pesticide risk, please see the following Statistics Explained articles:

Agri-environmental indicator – consumption of pesticides

Agri-environmental indicator - pesticide risk

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