Sales volumes of plant protection products

Statistics on the sales volumes of plant protection products in Finland have been collected annually since 1953. Tukes has been responsible for compiling the statistics since 2011.

The share of products used in forestry out of the total sales volume of plant protection products has increased rapidly in the 2000s. While the share of products used in forestry was less than one per cent in 2000, their share had already reached 70% in 2017. Most of the sales consist of urea used to prevent root rot, which entered the market in 2003.

Agriculture and horticulture use the largest amount of plant protection products used in weed control. Glyphosate is the most sold active substance.

 

Sales of plant protection products for agricultural use in Finland from 1953 to 2017 (pdf)

Sales of plant protection products for use in agriculture and forestry in Finland from 2000 to 2017 (pdf)

 

How the statistics are compiled and how they are used

Plant protection product permit holders must report the sales volumes of their products to Tukes annually. Tukes processes the sales data and publishes a summary on its website.

Tukes must send the data on sales volumes it has collected to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU. The information provided must be grouped in accordance with the EU regulation concerning statistics on pesticides. The categories differ from the method traditionally used in Finland. The largest difference is in the statistics on substances used in forestry.  In Finland, statistics on the plant protection products used in forestry are compiled as a separate group. The Eurostat statistics do not have a separate category for plant protection products used in forestry; instead, the sale of urea as an active substance used in forestry is included in the statistics on the group ‘Fungicides and bactericides’. From 2011 to 2015, statistics on the sale of urea were collected in the group ‘Other plant protection products’.

Eurostat publishes the sales volume data on all EU member states in its database.

 

Statistics on the sales volumes of plant protection products in Finland in 2017

A summary on the sales of plant protection products in Finland in 2017 (pdf)

Sales for agricultural and horticultural use in 2017:

  • The total sales volume of the products was 3626 tonnes.
    The total sales volume of active substances contained by the products was 1327 tonnes.
    The total sales volume of active substances decreased by 16% compared to the previous year.
    The share of the sales of products used in weed control was 76% of the total sales volume of active substances.
    The sales volume of products used in weed control calculated as active substances was 1007 tonnes, which is 258 tonnes less than in the previous year.
    Glyphosate was the most sold active substance with 661 tonnes sold, which is 187 less than in the previous year. 

Sales of glyphosate in Finland from 1976 to 2017 (pdf)

Sales for use in forestry in 2017:

  • The total sales volume of the products was 8961 tonnes.
  • The total sales volume of active substances contained by the products was 3039 tonnes.
  • The sales of active substances remained at the same level as in the previous year.
  • The most sold product was urea used to prevent root rot; its share of the total sales of active substances was close to 100%.

 

 

Legislation

EU Plant Protection Product Regulation (1107/2009)

EU Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (1185/2009)

See also

Information on the amounts of plant protection products used in Finland:

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), amounts of plant protection products used

Information on the sales of plant protection products in the EU countries:

Eurostat yearbook: Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics - 2016