Nicaragua: Good Prospects for Agrochemicals

It has been estimated that in 2017 the sector producing and selling agricultural chemicals will achieve a performance similar to that of 2016, having ended the year with growth of 15% in sales.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The dynamism of agricultural activity in the country is the main reason behind the good performance of the agrochemical sector. Although official figures for the close of 2016 are not yet known, entrepreneurs estimate that growth was achieved in sales of around 15%.

In the case of fertilizers, the deputy manager of the company Rappaccioli McGregor, Orontes Lacayo, estimates that growth was "... probably 10% to 12%." 

Ernesto Baltodano, president of the Nicaraguan Association of Formulators and Distributors of Agrochemicals (ANIFODA), told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that   "... 'In Nicaragua, the main products sold are still herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. In this respect there has not been much change from one year to another. People always need the basic products, herbicides and fertilizers, which always appear on producer's data sheets'.

"... Formulators and distributors of agrochemicals are expecting a winter in 2017 'similar to 2016'.  Baltodano admitted that the price of oil is rising and that could have an impact on the price of agricultural inputs.  However, he stated that they do not expect oil prices to rise to former levels, when it exceeded US $100 per barrel."

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