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Flavio Hirata
Partner   AllierBrasil Consulting & Advisory

Mr. Flavio Hirata, MBA, agronomist, consultant from AllierBrasil. He can be reached at Flavio.hirata@uol.com.br. His Skype is: flavioyhirata.

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  • Agrochemical product registration rejections and voluntary withdrawn in Brazil in 2019  

    2019-04-23

    In 2019 IBAMA, the agency responsible for the environment has already completed 68 pesticide registration evaluations. Among these, there were 4 rejections, 6 filings and 58 approvals. The filings are generally due to the desistance of registrant companies. The rejections and filings totaled 15% of the registration applications that had their evaluations completed by IBAMA.

    In 2019 IBAMA, the agency responsible for the environment has already completed 68 pesticide registration evaluations. Among these, there were 4 rejections, 6 filings and 58 approvals. The filings are generally due to the desistance of registrant companies. The rejections and filings totaled 15% of the registration applications that had their evaluations completed by IBAMA.

  • Pesticide registration in Brazil: clarifying the numbers  

    2019-03-26

    As everyone knows in 2018 the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture approved a record number of pesticide registrations, totaling 450. Notably, this was the result of an effort made by the regulatory authorities.

    As everyone knows in 2018 the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture approved a record number of pesticide registrations, totaling 450. Notably, this was the result of an effort made by the regulatory authorities.

  • Brazilian glyphosate import market – part I  

    2019-01-24

    Glyphosate is the most used agrochemical in the world as well as in Brazil. Banned in France, it has been in process of phase out for 3 years. In Brazil, glyphosate is under reevaluation by ANVISA, agency responsible for health, which does not prevent the approval of new glyphosate based registrations, neither commercial sales.

    Glyphosate is the most used agrochemical in the world as well as in Brazil. Banned in France, it has been in process of phase out for 3 years. In Brazil, glyphosate is under reevaluation by ANVISA, agency responsible for health, which does not prevent the approval of new glyphosate based registrations, neither commercial sales.

  • Lawsuits - speeding pesticide registrations up  

    2019-01-18

    Pesticide registration in Brazil is regulated by a range of laws, decrees, ordinance, technical standards, resolutions, normative instructions, which converge in some points and diverge in others; it involves three ministries with different responsibilities, with independent and/or joint actions - depending on the subject and the type of registration, which makes compliance with the legislation at least laborious.

    Pesticide registration in Brazil is regulated by a range of laws, decrees, ordinance, technical standards, resolutions, normative instructions, which converge in some points and diverge in others; it involves three ministries with different responsibilities, with independent and/or joint actions - depending on the subject and the type of registration, which makes compliance with the legislation at least laborious.

  • Brazil MAPA suspends a Chinese glyphosate factory source from all pesticide registrations  

    2018-12-17

    On December 11th, Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil, has suspended glyphosate factory source Jiangsu Yinyan Specialty Chemicals Co. Ltd., located in Zhoutie Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, from all approved registrations. It includes technical and formulated products.

    On December 11th, Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil, has suspended glyphosate factory source Jiangsu Yinyan Specialty Chemicals Co. Ltd., located in Zhoutie Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, from all approved registrations. It includes technical and formulated products.

  • 100% of price variation of imported mancozeb in Brazil  

    2018-12-10

    There is a considerable price import variation between source, brand name and type of formulation that could reach up almost 100%. In the last 12 months (Dec 2017 till Nov 2018), 75% WG was the most imported formulation followed by 80% WP, with 27,511 and 7,765 imported metric tons, respectively, according to the IMPORT REPORT by AllierBrasil.

    There is a considerable price import variation between source, brand name and type of formulation that could reach up almost 100%. In the last 12 months (Dec 2017 till Nov 2018), 75% WG was the most imported formulation followed by 80% WP, with 27,511 and 7,765 imported metric tons, respectively, according to the IMPORT REPORT by AllierBrasil.

  • Stable import prices of main fungicides in Brazil  

    2018-12-03

    Soybean Asian Rust is one of the main diseases attacking soybean crops in Brazil. Its damages can reduce yields up to 90%. The cost to control these fungi is around US$ 2 billion/year, which includes several fungicide applications.

    Soybean Asian Rust is one of the main diseases attacking soybean crops in Brazil. Its damages can reduce yields up to 90%. The cost to control these fungi is around US$ 2 billion/year, which includes several fungicide applications.

  • Methomyl: Slight market recovery in Brazil  

    2018-11-27

    Brazilian methomyl technical grade imports in 2018 until the month of October were 1,737 m tons. Imported products were from China (including 260 m tons from Taiwan). Only one formulated product was imported from Israel, a mixture of methomyl 44% + novaluron 3.5%, in an amount of 752,000 L, according to IMPORT REPORT by AllierBrasil.

    Brazilian methomyl technical grade imports in 2018 until the month of October were 1,737 m tons. Imported products were from China (including 260 m tons from Taiwan). Only one formulated product was imported from Israel, a mixture of methomyl 44% + novaluron 3.5%, in an amount of 752,000 L, according to IMPORT REPORT by AllierBrasil.

  • Brazil imported 265 tons Emamectin benzoate in August  

    2018-11-06

    Emamectin benzoate is an insecticide recently registered in Brazil. After Syngenta obtained PROCLAIM registration, the “emergency sales permit” shall be canceled. Prices of both types of available products are very competitive and high sales margins.

    Emamectin benzoate is an insecticide recently registered in Brazil. After Syngenta obtained PROCLAIM registration, the “emergency sales permit” shall be canceled. Prices of both types of available products are very competitive and high sales margins.

  • Shall Diquat Replace Paraquat in Brazil?  

    2018-09-18

    While paraquat is in process of phasing out in Brazil, there shall have a window for diquat to replace it. By now only 5 players have registration of formulated product - 3 of them approved by AllierBrasil and soon after transferred to Sharda do Brasil. Nevertheless diquat prices are much higher than paraquat.

    While paraquat is in process of phasing out in Brazil, there shall have a window for diquat to replace it. By now only 5 players have registration of formulated product - 3 of them approved by AllierBrasil and soon after transferred to Sharda do Brasil. Nevertheless diquat prices are much higher than paraquat.

  • Chlorothalonil - competition accessing the market in Brazil  

    2018-09-17

    Chlorothalonil is a very important fungicide used in vegetables and more recently in soybean in Brazil. Considering soybean is the main crop in the country, the volume amount is proportionally large as well.

    Chlorothalonil is a very important fungicide used in vegetables and more recently in soybean in Brazil. Considering soybean is the main crop in the country, the volume amount is proportionally large as well.

  • Glyphosate in Brazil: Judicial battle continues  

    2018-08-27

    On Friday 24th, the Minister of Agriculture of Brazil, Blairo Maggi, apologized for having released the information on 23rd that the provisional guardianship granted by the substitute federal judge Luciana Raquel T. de Moura, of the 7th Court of the Federal District, had been annulled. “My willingness to solve this issue is such that I ended up passing on the information that the injunction would have been revoked”, said Blairo Maggi in a Twitter post.

    On Friday 24th, the Minister of Agriculture of Brazil, Blairo Maggi, apologized for having released the information on 23rd that the provisional guardianship granted by the substitute federal judge Luciana Raquel T. de Moura, of the 7th Court of the Federal District, had been annulled. “My willingness to solve this issue is such that I ended up passing on the information that the injunction would have been revoked”, said Blairo Maggi in a Twitter post.

  • Victory of agriculture: glyphosate sales allowed in Brazil - correction  

    2018-08-27

    On Friday 24th, the Minister of Agriculture of Brazil, Blairo Maggi, apologized for having released the information on 23rd that the provisional guardianship granted by the substitute federal judge Luciana Raquel T. de Moura, of the 7th Court of the Federal District, had been annulled. “My willingness to solve this issue is such that I ended up passing on the information that the injunction would have been revoked”, said Blairo Maggi in a Twitter post.

    On Friday 24th, the Minister of Agriculture of Brazil, Blairo Maggi, apologized for having released the information on 23rd that the provisional guardianship granted by the substitute federal judge Luciana Raquel T. de Moura, of the 7th Court of the Federal District, had been annulled. “My willingness to solve this issue is such that I ended up passing on the information that the injunction would have been revoked”, said Blairo Maggi in a Twitter post.

  • Access to the most important agriculture market in the world  

    2018-07-31

    Access to the world's most attractive agrochemical market - Brazil should not be expected to be an easy task. Quite the opposite. Few foreign companies have almost 90% of the market share.

    Access to the world's most attractive agrochemical market - Brazil should not be expected to be an easy task. Quite the opposite. Few foreign companies have almost 90% of the market share.

  • Brazil, opportunities and challanges - an Indian perspective  

    2018-06-27

    Dr. Subhra Jyoti Roy will make an interesting presentation about general view on Indian agchem business and Indian exports to Brazil.

    Dr. Subhra Jyoti Roy will make an interesting presentation about general view on Indian agchem business and Indian exports to Brazil.

  • Pesticide product registration in Brazil - update  

    2018-06-21

    In 2017 was approved 405 product registrations in Brazil, a record. Among them, registrations based on equivalency, 127 formulated products – almost three times compared to 2016, and 178 technical products.

    In 2017 was approved 405 product registrations in Brazil, a record. Among them, registrations based on equivalency, 127 formulated products – almost three times compared to 2016, and 178 technical products.

  • Trends in the Agribusiness  

    2018-06-19

    Only those who are buiding the future or those who can face the changes in an environment with so many transformation will succeed in the long term.

    Only those who are buiding the future or those who can face the changes in an environment with so many transformation will succeed in the long term.

  • Adjuvant taxation in Brazil  

    2018-06-14

    Adjuvants are no longer considered as pesticide by Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil. All registrations and ongoing submissions were canceled.

    Adjuvants are no longer considered as pesticide by Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil. All registrations and ongoing submissions were canceled.

  • Priority list for pesticide registration in Brazil  

    2018-06-13

    In order to speed up pesticide registration in Brazil, Ministry of Agriculture has issued “priority list” for some specifc brands.

    In order to speed up pesticide registration in Brazil, Ministry of Agriculture has issued “priority list” for some specifc brands.

  • Crop nutrition market in Brazil: a growing business  

    2018-06-04

    Brazil stands out as one of the largest producers and exporters of grains in the world. In the next year, it is expected to become the world's largest exporter, surpassing the United States.

    Brazil stands out as one of the largest producers and exporters of grains in the world. In the next year, it is expected to become the world's largest exporter, surpassing the United States.

  • Pesticide registration rejection in Brazil and ANVISA’s new technical note  

    2018-05-15

    Based on the survey conducted by AllierBrasil, majority of the registration processes being evaluated right now were submitted in 2011 (equivalent formulated product, FP-E) and 2012 (equivalent technical product, TP-E).

    Based on the survey conducted by AllierBrasil, majority of the registration processes being evaluated right now were submitted in 2011 (equivalent formulated product, FP-E) and 2012 (equivalent technical product, TP-E).

  • Record in the agribusiness in Brazil (2017): 405 agrochemical product registrations approved  

    2018-01-16

    2017 was a record year in agribusiness in Brazil. The bumper crop emerged as a pillar of the economy, exports of agricultural commodities and 405 approved registrations of agrochemicals by the Ministry of Agriculture far exceeded the 277 of the previous year.

    2017 was a record year in agribusiness in Brazil. The bumper crop emerged as a pillar of the economy, exports of agricultural commodities and 405 approved registrations of agrochemicals by the Ministry of Agriculture far exceeded the 277 of the previous year.

  • Prices of Agrochemicals Raise: 2,4-D Case  

    2017-12-19

    Taking the average price of the reference product 2,4-D 806 g/L SL on import coming from the United States in January 2017 as “base 100”, the similar products imported in the same month from Argentina and China, were 56% and 29% more expensive, respectively (FOB price). Due to the seasonal use, there was no import from February to May. Between June and September, there was import from China only. In June, the price variation was higher, between 40% and 43%, depending on the importer / exporter. In August and September, the prices were even higher, between 47% and 57%.

    Taking the average price of the reference product 2,4-D 806 g/L SL on import coming from the United States in January 2017 as “base 100”, the similar products imported in the same month from Argentina and China, were 56% and 29% more expensive, respectively (FOB price). Due to the seasonal use, there was no import from February to May. Between June and September, there was import from China only. In June, the price variation was higher, between 40% and 43%, depending on the importer / exporter. In August and September, the prices were even higher, between 47% and 57%.

  • Pesticide Registration in Brazil: Bottleneck in Market Access  

    2017-02-09

    While the biggest companies in the world are in process of mergers and acquisitions, sharing more than 85% of Brazilian pesticide market, those who want to access it are facing one of the most difficult barriers ever since to have registration approvals, the true bottleneck.

    While the biggest companies in the world are in process of mergers and acquisitions, sharing more than 85% of Brazilian pesticide market, those who want to access it are facing one of the most difficult barriers ever since to have registration approvals, the true bottleneck.

  • Super Harvest in Brazil  

    2017-01-16

    2016/2017 shall be the Brazilian grain harvest record ever, over 210 million tons. It is an estimated growth of 14% compared to the 2015/2016 season. The harvest record is not only for grains, but also for almost all planted crops.

    2016/2017 shall be the Brazilian grain harvest record ever, over 210 million tons. It is an estimated growth of 14% compared to the 2015/2016 season. The harvest record is not only for grains, but also for almost all planted crops.

  • Brazilian Economy: Bottom Out?  

    2017-01-06

    Eight months after the Vice President of Brazil took office; the signs of economy recovery are still shy. Since May last year, six ministers have resigned.

    Eight months after the Vice President of Brazil took office; the signs of economy recovery are still shy. Since May last year, six ministers have resigned.

  • Brazilian agribusiness leads the economy  

    2016-08-26

    In the first half of 2016, dollar devaluation was 25% and in June it was 12.5%. Unemployment rate in Brazil is currently 11% with inflation around 6%. GDP growth is close to 0% indicating the economy has stabilized.

    In the first half of 2016, dollar devaluation was 25% and in June it was 12.5%. Unemployment rate in Brazil is currently 11% with inflation around 6%. GDP growth is close to 0% indicating the economy has stabilized.

  • Understanding Brazilian regulatory issues  

    2015-12-14

    Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Katia Abreu, have announced last week that she declined with the idea to create a sole pesticide regulatory Agency in place of today three agencies, ANVISA, IBAMA and MAPA. The idea of this new Agency was to speed up product registrations, that is taking about 5-7 years to register one technical and one formulated products.

    Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Katia Abreu, have announced last week that she declined with the idea to create a sole pesticide regulatory Agency in place of today three agencies, ANVISA, IBAMA and MAPA. The idea of this new Agency was to speed up product registrations, that is taking about 5-7 years to register one technical and one formulated products.

  • Few fungicides to control the most aggressive disease in soybean, the largest fungicide market in Brazil  

    2015-11-25

    In 2004/05 there was the first case of efficacy loss of the fungicide flutriafol; in 2007/08 the same happened with tebuconazole. Since then most triazoles and the mixtures with strobilurins have progressively lost efficacy.

    In 2004/05 there was the first case of efficacy loss of the fungicide flutriafol; in 2007/08 the same happened with tebuconazole. Since then most triazoles and the mixtures with strobilurins have progressively lost efficacy.

  • Brazil: challenges, opportunities & success  

    2015-10-15

    Brazilian is facing the worst crises in the last 40 years. Inflation is close to 10% per year. Companies are reducing head counting and investments or closing factories. Denouncements of corruption in stated owned companies have seizure investments.

    Brazilian is facing the worst crises in the last 40 years. Inflation is close to 10% per year. Companies are reducing head counting and investments or closing factories. Denouncements of corruption in stated owned companies have seizure investments.

  • Chinese Players Strategies in Accessing Latin America and Brazil Markets  

    2015-02-25

    In South America, Chinese mainland pesticide companies for long time had focused on cheaper and faster market access regardless the profitability or market size of chosen countries. Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay were some of countries and still are their targets.

    In South America, Chinese mainland pesticide companies for long time had focused on cheaper and faster market access regardless the profitability or market size of chosen countries. Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay were some of countries and still are their targets.

  • Brazilian Pesticide Market (2014-2015): Ups and Downs  

    2015-02-13

    Continue pesticide sales and volumes increase keeps Brazilian pesticide market ranked in the top for the last years. Preliminary numbers of 2014 estimate 6% sales growth compared to 2013 totalizing US$ 12.2 billion.

    Continue pesticide sales and volumes increase keeps Brazilian pesticide market ranked in the top for the last years. Preliminary numbers of 2014 estimate 6% sales growth compared to 2013 totalizing US$ 12.2 billion.

  • More Investments in Pesticide Registrations in Brazil  

    2015-02-10

    Until final figures are under consolidation, it is estimated 2014 pesticide sales in Brazil shall have increased of 6% compared to previous year, totalizing US$ 12.2 billion

    Until final figures are under consolidation, it is estimated 2014 pesticide sales in Brazil shall have increased of 6% compared to previous year, totalizing US$ 12.2 billion

  • Brazilian Pesticide Market Overview  

    2014-03-14

    Brazilian pesticide market has been consolidated as # 1 in the world considering sales value. It has some unique characteristics that differ from any other market, such as higher margins, highly concentrated, longest payment term, tremendous barrier to access furthermore through registration, and continuous and sustainable agricultural growth.

    Brazilian pesticide market has been consolidated as # 1 in the world considering sales value. It has some unique characteristics that differ from any other market, such as higher margins, highly concentrated, longest payment term, tremendous barrier to access furthermore through registration, and continuous and sustainable agricultural growth.

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