Spain was the country of the European Union (EU) that sold a greater amount of pesticides in 2016, almost 76,940 tons of product, reported today the Eurostat community statistics office.
Of the 20 Member States for which Eurostat has complete data, Spain was ahead of France (72,035 tonnes), Italy (60,219 tonnes) and Germany (46,889 tonnes).
Together, these four countries, which are the main agricultural producers of the Twenty-eight, accounted for 79% of pesticide sales in the EU, since the rest of the countries registered sales of around or less than 10,000 tons.
Among the countries outside the Union for which Eurostat has data, the largest seller of pesticides was Turkey, with almost 50,000 tonnes.
Most of the pesticides sold in the EU in 2016 corresponded to the category of fungicides and bactericides (46%), followed by herbicides, agrochemical and antimuscular extirpators (29%), and insecticides and acaricides (11%).